Verizon Wireless on March 6 announced a version of its wireless broadband service that’s designed for use in rural and remote homes that can’t get DSL or cable, according to an Associated Press report. The service, called HomeFusion, could also appeal to some households where DSL is the only fixed-line option, since it’s faster than most DSL services. HomeFusion could provide potent competition for satellite broadband providers, which are often “providers of last resort” for rural homes. The service requires the installation of a cylindrical antenna, about the size of a 5-gallon bucket, on an outside wall.

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