Wireless Broadband Leaps Tall Buildings In A Single Bound
By Mark Frauenfelder, Wed May 26 19:15:00 GMT 2004

A wireless broadband provider is putting a tower atop the Empire State Building to blanket New York City with coverage.

Wireless broadband is increasingly becoming an option for Internet users in major metropolitan areas. Witness today's announcement by TowerStream about the installation of a wireless broadband tower atop the Manhattan's most famous skyscraper, the Empire State Building.

Is it WiMax? Not quite, but TowerStream is a member of the WiMax Forum, and plans to begin deploying products certified by the forum next year. If TowerStream is able to overcome wireless broadband's bad reputation, it could foster acceptance of mobile WiMax and other forms of wireless Internet access. At the very least, it could allow people to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in areas where establishing wired broadband access has been too costly to set up -- including many of Manhattan's older buildings.