Overview An up-and-coming rival to DSL and cable Internet service is WiMAX, short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. Based on the IEEE 802.16 standards for wireless broadband transmissions, this emerging technology has the capacity to provide broadband coverage for large metropolitan areas and remote rural locations as well. Aside from fixed Internet access, WiMAX can also be utilized for portable and mobile access. How is this all possible? Look up the links below to read about what could be the future of broadband Internet service as more computer technology giants jump on the WiMAX bandwagon.

General Resources What enables WiMAX technology to be as flexible and versatile as it promises to be? HowStuffWorks.com (www.computer.howstuffworks.com/wimax.htm),

not only unearths the mysteries of WiMAX but also explains what you might need to do if you decide to switch from your DSL or cable Internet service. WiMAX.com furnishes a wealth of information, including training at its WiMAX University. The site (www.wimax.com/education/faq) has an online learning center where answers to many FAQs, such as “Is WiMAX safe?” and “Will I have WiMAX service on my cell phone?” are well-explained. Within the same learning center, you can compare WiMAX with the other competing broadband technologies at www.wimax.com/education/wimax/other_technologies.

The Future of WiMAX The WiMAX Forum is the non-profit organization responsible for standardizing and certifying WiMAX equipment. Its goal is “to position WiMAX as the next-generation wireless broadband Internet technology of choice anytime, anywhere.” You can find out more about the Forum at www.wimaxforum.org. A The Broadband Wireless Exchange Magazine (www.bbwexchange.com/wimax) maintains up-to-date news on the most recent developments relating to WiMAX technology.