Unlike many telecom companies, BellSouth is not sitting around waiting for WiMax to become a reality. Seeking to stake a claim in the nascent wireless broadband market, the Baby Bell
has quietly launched wireless high-speed data service in its sixth market in just six months.
BellSouth started rolling out its new "FastAccess Internet Service" in DeLand, FL last week. A pre-WiMax service, it transmits signals between local radio towers and small non-line-of-sight desktop modems in subscribers' homes. Downstream speeds run as high as 1.5 Megabits per second (Mbps).
Previously, BellSouth launched wireless broadband service in: Athens, GA; Palatka, FL; New Orleans; Gulfport, MS; and Biloxi, MS. The company plans to expand the service to more cities throughout 2006. Paying attention, cable operators?