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Verizon takes a fixed wireless step

Looks like Verizon is dipping its toes in the fixed wireless waters. The experiment is happening in Grundy, Va. Verizon said the opportunity seemed perfect to try a small fixed wireless pilot using Alvarion BreezeAccess VL gear. Verizon will use unlicensed spectrum at 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz to connect homes and businesses in line of sight of the base station. In addition it will use 900 MHz equipment to link harder-to-reach homes without a clear line-of-sight. Several other small counties have tried their hand with fixed wireless and done well in terms of rolling out broadband in the boonies. Meanwhile Clearwire, Craig McCaw’s latest project has finally gone live in Jacksonville, Florida.