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Why Not WiMAX?

If you like Wi-Fi and VoIP, you'll love long-range wireless broadband.

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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 Restaurants.com, 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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