This Utility Doesn't Need Wires

Ubiquitous high-speed wireless networks that let users pay as they go for the bandwidth they want are on the way

Four years ago, as he watched the 2.5 million-square-foot Time Warner Center being built in Manhattan, David Heckaman, its director of technology, decided to make the new complex as high-tech as they come. So, he introduced into the construction project a curious creature called a wireless utility. With cables hanging from its sides and antennas that looked like eyes, it was embedded right into the towers' walls, just like electrical wiring or water pipes.

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