Yesterday, Comcast and other companies announced plans for WiMax, the future of wireless Internet.
Apparently Brian Roberts was on a bus once and got a lot of work done on this bus, using fast Internet. So he was like, “Hey, we should all get fast Internet!”
The new technology, called WiMAX, will transmit high-speed Internet, movies, television shows, sports games, and other digital data from about 200,000 existing cellular-telephone towers to laptop computers, telephones and other devices. The deal creates a new company called Clearwire Inc. Its owners will be Comcast, Sprint Nextel Corp., Intel Corp., Google Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks L.L.C.
They have agreed to collectively invest $3.2 billion. Comcast’s share is $1.05 billion. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. “We’ll be on the offensive in wireless with world-class partners. It is exciting. Our customers will know that the Comcast experience will be not just in your home but wherever you want it,” Roberts said.
Hooray, super-fast Internet! Well, super-fast Internet sold to you by Comcast, so it’s not really all that exciting.
Oh, yeah, everyone knew this new faster technology was coming when Wireless Philadelphia started, but nobody really seemed to care.
Comcast signs ‘Internet-on-the-go’ deal [Inquirer]