BellSouth launches broadband wireless service

BellSouth launched a pre-WiMax broadband wireless service in Athens, Georgia. The carrier announced the service at Supercomm in June. BellSouth is the first of the four Bell carriers to use a form of WiMax to deliver a commercial wireless broadband service. SBC and Qwest have said that they plan to test pre-standard forms of WiMax. The new service comes in two forms. The first, called FastAccess Internet Service Lite, offers data speeds of 384 Kbps download and 128 Kbps upload for $29.95 per month. The second version of the service, FastAccess Internet Service Ultra, offers 1.5 Mbps download and 256 Kbps upload for $39.95.

For more on the BellSouth's new broadband wireless service:
- see this piece from CNET