Trend: Intel pushes ahead for WiMax

Intel is sending advisors to cities from across the US to help set up municipal wireless broadband networks. In addition to providing technical expertise and advice, the company is also helping municipal governments by flexing its own lobbying muscles in an effort to combat the lobbyist efforts from the established wireless and landline telecoms fighting the municipal wireless movement. Many municipal wireless advocates claim that Intel's support and its push for industry-defining WiMax standards have advanced the municipal wireless movement. Intel is betting heavily in municipal broadband because it sees this movement as a way to continue the proliferation of WiFi and to spur the growth of fixed and mobile WiMax.

For more on Intel's support for the municipal wireless networks:
- read this article from The Oregonian and this blog entry