Canadian company Redline Communications says it has the first product that complies with 802.16a: The standard covers non-line-of-site metropolitan area networking using the 2 to 11 GHz range which includes licensed and unlicensed frequencies. Redline says its gear will deliver 70 Mbps throughput as far as 30 kilometers.
Companies have been trying to use wireless to deliver Internet access to homes and businesses for ages it seems but have always failed (remember LMDS and MMDS?). Those folks struggled because it was tough to find good non line of site gear at a reasonable price that could be installed simply. We'll see if these new standards solve some of those old problems.