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Wi-Fi Wherever

Pull in, fill up, log on and download.

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This story appears in the May 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you're one of the 40 million Americans who spend most of the day on the road, the Internet may soon be just a "fill up" away. Not only are telecom giants like T-Mobile distributing Wi-Fi Web access across thousands of walk-in coffee shops and bagel emporiums, but new ventures also want you to drive up and log on in front of gas stations, burger joints and convenience stores.

Starting with 350 locations in Arizona, a Toshiba America/WorkingWild partnership plans to turn some 8,000 Circle K markets and ConocoPhillips-affiliated gas stations into hotspots by mid-2004. Similarly, Cometa Networks hopes to be dishing up Wi-Fi at another 20,000 gas stations a few months later.

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