By Richard Shim
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
December 5, 2002, 12:37 PM PT
Intel, IBM and AT&T have officially thrown their combined weight
behind the effort to create a nationwide network of public "hot spots"
that would give people wireless broadband Internet access from just
As expected, Intel Capital, along with Big Blue, AT&T and investors
Apax Partners and 3i, announced the creation of Cometa
Networks -- formerly known as Project Rainbow -- a new company focused
on deploying hot spots throughout the United States. Hot spots are
public areas where people can access the Internet using products based
on 802.11b, or Wi-Fi, a wireless networking standard with a range of
about 300 feet from a network's access points, or radio transmitters.