The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopted rules Oct. 16 to promote the development of a new wireless broadband--called "millimeter-wave" or "wireless-optics" technology. This emerging technology can be used for a wide variety of services, the FCC said, including high-speed internet access and point-to-point local area networks.

Schools and colleges, for instance, could use millimeter-wave technology to send large amounts of information between buildings without the need to dig up streets to lay cables.

This technology, which is still under development, is the wireless equivalent of fiber-optic cables, said John

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