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Mobile WiMAX to Succeed Where Muni WiFi Failed? 93

Posted by Zonk
from the just-get-me-some-wi-whatever dept.
WiNot writes "WiMAX's supporters are positioning Mobile WiMAX as an alternative to municipal WiFi networks in the wake of recent cancellation or postponement of muni WiFi projects in Chicago and San Francisco. 'There's no business case for municipal WiFi ... With many municipal WiFi deployments in a holding pattern, it may be Sprint's Xohm WiMAX network will be up and running before muni WiFi can get its act together.' From what Ars saw during its Motorola-sponsored cruise on the Chicago River earlier this week, WiMAX has the potential to deliver the goods in terms of speed, latency, and reliability. If Sprint hits its goal of blanketing metropolitan areas with WiMAX in a timely fashion and prices the service attractively, the kind of expansive municipal WiFi networks once envisioned in Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco could go the way of Pets.com and Flooz."
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Mobile WiMAX to Succeed Where Muni WiFi Failed?

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  • Flooz? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Eightyford (893696) on Thursday September 27, 2007 @04:49PM (#20774155) Homepage
    Flooz.com
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Flooz.com was a venture based in New York City that went online in February 1999. Their plan was to introduce a currency unique to the Internet, somewhat similar in concept to airline frequent flier miles or even the old grocery store stamp books. (The name "flooz" was supposedly based on an ancient Persian slang term for money.) As Internet users accumulated "flooz" credits, often given as a promotional bonus along with an online purchase or else purchased directly to create a kind of Internet gift card, they could later be redeemed for real merchandise at a variety of participating online merchants.

    Flooz.com was started by former iVillage co-founder Ted Levitan, and also notably used Whoopi Goldberg in a series of TV commercials before the company collapsed, announcing their closing on August 26, 2001.

    Upon closing, all unused flooz credits became worthless. Over its history, flooz.com reportedly went through between $35 to $50 million in venture capital money.
  • Re:Flooz? (Score:3, Funny)

    by thatskinnyguy (1129515) on Thursday September 27, 2007 @04:53PM (#20774217)

    Flooz.com was started by former iVillage co-founder Ted Levitan, and also notably used Whoopi Goldberg in a series of TV commercials before the company collapsed, announcing their closing on August 26, 2001. Upon closing, all unused flooz credits became worthless. Over its history, flooz.com reportedly went through between $35 to $50 million in venture capital money.
    Someone should add "Since the flooz to dollars conversion was 1-0$, this was the day that the internet stock market plunged to its lowest level in years. It still has yet to rebound."
  • Next (Score:3, Funny)

    by N3wsByt3 (758224) <NewsbyteNO@SPAMfreenethelp.org> on Thursday September 27, 2007 @05:00PM (#20774305) Homepage Journal
    Next in line: the WiiMax.

  • by mrgrey (319015) on Thursday September 27, 2007 @05:16PM (#20774517) Homepage Journal
    If Sprint hits its goal of blanketing metropolitan areas with WiMAX in a timely fashion and prices the service attractively ,......

    Not a chance of it being priced attractively if Sprint is involved
  • by grilled_ch33z (1140073) on Thursday September 27, 2007 @06:10PM (#20775245)
    I totally agree. If there's one thing history has taught us, it's that government is just as effective as private enterprise.
  • Re:Next (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 27, 2007 @07:00PM (#20775859)
    It is a little known fact that in his later years, Elmer Fudd went into the real estate business and worked for WiiMax.
  • by kindbud (90044) on Thursday September 27, 2007 @07:42PM (#20776263) Homepage
    Yes it does! Why do you hate America and love terrorists, you left-wing commie sonofabitch!

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