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This story appears in the June 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When it was time to start hosting his online restaurant guide on in-house servers, Terence Chow, 44, was surprised to find that broadband didn't reach his little corner of San Francisco.

So the founder of, which was launched in 1999 and has $50,000 in annual sales, looked across the bay to Fremont, California-based NextWeb; the next day, his servers were transferring data at 1.5Mbps for about half the price of a same-speed T1 line. Chow doesn't connect over a line--his data travels through the air, care of a new technology that dozens of ISPs like NextWeb are rapidly adopting.

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