Startup Plans Wireless Broadband Internet Access

FRAMINGHAM (06/27/2000) - A new startup, this week launched by former McCaw Cellular and NextLink Communications Inc. veterans, has been granted a U.S.

Federal Communications Commission experimental license to test a portable broadband Internet access technology.

Burst Wireless Inc., of Seattle, Washington, plans to set up facilities-based services, with subscribers using a "plug and play" wireless modem. The modem is intended to give computer users broadband access to the Internet anywhere within Burst's service area. The service is being aimed at small commercial customers (including branch offices) and residential users, and Burst plans to introduce it in mid-2001.

The test phase will start this summer in Port Angeles, Washington, using a truck that contains the base station equipment to handle wireless signals and net traffic.

Burst's top managers include Chairman and CEO George Tronsrue, former president and chief operating officer of NextLink; Vice Chairman Mark Hamilton, former president of AT&T Wireless Services' international development and operations; and co-founder David Hsiao, formerly with Nextel International.


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