In this special report we look back at the class of 2003 Fierce 15 winners. You may remember that in 2003 several companies announced plans to build a network of WiFi hotspots that would be linked together and blanket the U.S. with coverage. These companies had some high-profile backers and they caused traditional cellular carriers a lot of angst because they threatened to compete with 3G data networks that operators were trying to deploy.
Two of these WiFi hotspot aggregators were members of the Fierce 15 class of 2003. One survived and is flourishing. The other died before it even got off the ground. Browse through the above companies to find out which survived and which didn't. (But I think it's interesting to note that in 2003 WiFi hotspots were considered a threat to operator's 3G business plans and today these hotspots are a key part of many wireless operators' broadband data plays.)
I hope you enjoy our revisiting of the Fierce 15 award winners. --Sue