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BellSouth Expands Georgia WiMAX Service

BellSouth said Thursday it is expanding the WiMAX wireless broadband service it has been offering in Athens, Georgia.

The company said that it has installed a third radio tower in Athens, which will expand the availability of the service. Besides Athens, BellSouth has also launched WiMAX service in Palatka, Florida and New Orleans.

"Athens shares a milestone with BellSouth as the home of our first commercial launch of wireless broadband service," Ron Frieson, president of BellSouth's Georgia operations, said in a statement. "I am delighted that we can now offer it to even more consumers and businesses.

BellSouth does not require that wireless broadband subscribers also subscribe to their standard voice service, although the company does offer discounts for the service to its wireline customers as well as Cingular Wireless subscribers. BellSouth is a co-owner of Cingular.