Verizon launches wireless broadband for homes

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NEW YORK (AP) ? Verizon Wireless is launching a version of its wireless broadband service that’s designed for use in homes that can’t get DSL or cable.

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.

The service requires the installation of a cylindrical antenna, about the size of a 5-gallon bucket, on an outside wall. The hardware costs $200, but the work is free. Service then starts at $60 per month, for 10 gigabytes of data.

Dallas, Nashville, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala., will be the first areas to get the service, later this month. By the end of the year, Verizon hopes to provide it nationally, in places where it has coverage with its new “LTE” wireless network.