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I predict that it will be wireless
internet or palm pilots in the future (people want fast internet without tying up a telephone line).

Your prediction will get a nod from MCI WorldCom and Sprint. Here's a Upside article on the technological feasibility of a wireless world and what it will take to shift to the Net.

Another Upside article addresses MCI WorldCom and Sprint's strategy and plan to reconfigure the MMDS (multichannel multipoint distribution service) spectrum for wireless broadband data and attack the last mile - the direct connection to a home or business.

Although WCOM and FON have launched competitive DSL service in several markets, both consider this a short term move and say that fixed wireless will be the primary vehicle to deploy broadband services to a mass market. And they have made large investments buying up small MMDS companies, which in turn have caused vendors such as Cisco, Lucent, Nortel and Motorola to start building a new generation of fixed wireless equipment to enable broadband services. The article points out challenges abound, MMDS is by no means an easy technology to master, and it's an industry littered with the corpses of those who have tried. Also, DSL and cable modems have a significant headstart, and it may not be easy for WCOM/FON to muscle in with their wireless MMDS strategies.

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