Sprint Fixes On Denver, Boulder

11/26/2000 7:00 PM Eastern

DENVER -Sprint Corp. said it has launched its "Broadband Direct" fixed-wireless Internet service in the Denver and Boulder, Colo., areas, promising downstream data rates of 512 kilobits per second to 1.5 megabits per second.

Sprint is marketing the service for $44.95 per month to consumers and $149.95 per month to businesses. Those customers will need to install pizza box-sized, diamond-shaped receivers to get Broadband Direct. Sprint's two-way wireless technology features EarthLink Network Inc. and Juno Online Services Inc. as Internet-service providers. Sprint said it will use Hybrid Networks Inc.'s gear to foster the service.

Sprint also offers fixed-wireless services in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Houston; and San Jose and Oakland, Calif. Sprint won't be the only fixed-wireless player in Boulder and Denver. Fuzion Wireless Communications Inc. also launched wireless broadband services in those cities recently.

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