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Call of the Wi-Fi

Heard the latest about systems that combine voice calls with wireless LANs? They're within your reach.

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

What do Cingular Wireless, Verizon and the rest of them have that you don't? At the moment, a federally protected business selling narrowband communications to a lot of people.

Most of us grew up thinking that's the only way to build a communications infrastructure-collectively. Under that paradigm, the feds micromanage every aspect of network operation. We patch together two or three different phone services and zigzag through the "no you can't" and "that costs extra" calling rules that Congress and the FCC "force" on telecom companies (wink, wink) for our "protection."

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