Fixed wireless service debuts in Phoenix suburb

Looking to fill broadband coverage gaps left open by local broadband providers Cox Communications and Qwest Communications, a group of Phoenix-area investors recently launched Bluewire. The fixed wireless service aims to serve Phoenix's eastern suburbs from the 226-foot-tall Bank of America Financial Plaza in Mesa, Arizona. The system's current 15-mile radius coverage area is set to expand to 25 miles within two months, says the company.

Bluewire is charging $49.99 per month for home users and $99 for offices for a 512 Kbps connection. Higher speeds are available at higher prices. Bluewire uses Motorola's point-to-multipoint Canopy system. Tempe, Arizona, which is located within Bluewire's coverage area, is currently developing a municipal WiFi project.

To learn more about Bluewire in the desert:
- check out this Arizona Republic article