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November 4 2014 - Building better wireless. Some 90% of Manhattan offices lack high-speed Internet. These gizmos could change that.

For a city that prides itself on being fast-moving and cutting-edge, New York has remarkably slow Internet connections outside Wall Street and midtown, thanks to the high cost of running fiber-optic cable beneath busy streets.

That bottleneck, however, may be loosening for the thousands of commercial buildings just in Manhattan—about 90% of the 13,000 total—that are not wired with business-class broadband. Advances in a technology known as fixed wireless broadband is helping bring high-speed Internet access to buildings whose owners can't persuade fiber providers to shell out the money to connect them.

"Rather than ripping up the roads, we're lighting the sky, and Building better wireless Some 90% of Manhattan offices lack high-speed Internet. These gizmos could change that.the technology is accelerating rapidly," said Alan Levy, chairman of Xchange Telecom, a Brooklyn-based phone company that expanded into fixed wireless several years ago.

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