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With the widespread prevalence of handheld devices like PDAs, Internet Tablets, BlackBerries, and iPhones, people increasingly want and expect to be able to browse the internet at high speed anytime, anywhere, and not just at wireless hot spots where broadband internet access is available over a few hundred feet. Ashok Agrawala, a professor in the department of computer science, calls WiMAX, which stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, the next generation of wireless technology, providing some of the solutions for mobile broadband communications needs. This fall, Sprint launched wireless internet service using WiMAX over the city of Baltimore. Washington D.C. is expected to have its own WiMAX network up and running this winter.
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