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Concentric Expands High-Speed Wireless Service

Concentric Network Corp. Tuesday announced a new partnership that will expand the coverage area of its high-speed Internet service for small and medium-sized businesses in the San Francisco area.

The company is partnering with Wavepath, a Bay Area high-speed wireless provider, to offer symmetric Internet connectivity at speeds of 384 kilobits a second. The service, dubbed iSpeed Concentric Wireless, gives businesses speeds on par with Digital Subscriber Line offerings without the distance limitations that come with DSL.

Henry R. Nothhaft, Concentric's president and chief executive officer, said the service is in response to strong demand for high-speed connectivity for small businesses and telecommuters.

"Adding a wireless service grants our customers an additional form of high-performance local loop connectivity at an excellent price for performance choice and complements our extensive array of high-speed Internet access solutions," he said.

The service will cost $150 a month for unlimited connectivity. Concentric is waiving the $800 installation fee for customers who sign up by Jan. 31. Higher speed services are also available.