Ahoy, Mateys, Thar Be WiFi Ahead!

By Deane Barker on August 29, 2003

Wi-Fi Sails the High Seas

“….Wheat Wireless Services of Reston, Virginia, has begun selling a tweaked version of Wi-Fi Internet access that can broadcast signals 30 miles out to sea. The service piggybacks off T1 lines in data centers along the coast and requires radio towers up to 300 feet tall atop coastal buildings. The receiver on the boat is a 4-foot antenna. It costs $7,500 for installation and another $500 a month for unlimited Internet access.”