The system, which took two and a half years to install, has been quietly up and operating for about six weeks.
Unlike free wi-fi access that has been available for years at restaurants and public buildings around Atlanta, Clear isn’t free. To hook up a lap top requires a special USB modem, for $59.99. There’s a $35 activation fee, and service subscription rates that start at $10 a day and go to $50 a month.
But the WiMax technology is three or four times as fast as computer Internet access from air cards through companies such as AT&T and Verizon, says the company, and every bit as fast as home DSL lines.
May have to give this a try.