Broadband has been a long time coming, and for most people it’s still not here yet. In the U.S., only 17% of households were connected. What’s the holdup? Apparently, the problem isn’t demand. It’s supply. People can’t or don’t connect with DSL or cable.

More competition could help. Something new to drive down costs and enable homes and businesses to connect quickly and painlessly. The solution? Broadband wireless access.

Through a series of phone interviews with WiMAX president Margaret LaBrecque (Director of Industry Programs for Intel’s Broadband Wireless Division) and Intel engineer DJ Johnston, (802.16 member and chair of the IEEE 802 Handoff Study Group), we got the inside scoop on how 802.16 and WiMAX will standardize and promote this crucial competitor to DSL and cable.