AT&T, IBM and Intel have joined up to build high-speed wireless internet networks across the US.
The networks are to provide access to a high-speed internet connection within a five-minute walk of urban areas or a five-minute drive in suburban communities.
Backed by two investment firms - Apax Partners and 3I - the network-building group, called Cometa, aims to offer services through telecoms companies, DSL and cable internet service providers sometime next year.
Cometa executives told The New York Times that national availability of the wireless networks would combine with Intel's plan to include wireless internet capability in all its mobile microprocessors next year.
The wireless service will not be sold directly to consumers or businesses and sees itself as a complement rather than a threat to next-generation mobile technology, which will have a lower bandwidth.
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