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Wireless Internet access about to go extra 5 miles

April 19, 2005View for printing

Intel, AT&T and other corporate giants are throwing their weight behind a new wireless Internet service powerful enough to send a signal more than 5 miles.

No. 1 chipmaker Intel today is to announce its first chip for the service, called WiMax. Intel's more than 20 partners also include telecom heavyweights Qwest and British Telecom and tech giants Siemens and Texas Instruments.

That corporate support is a big endorsement for the still-emerging technology, which probably won't become common until 2007, tech analysts say.

By Michelle Kessler, USA TODAY

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