Free Space Optical Alliance to launch at WCA 2001

May 3, 2001--The Free-Space Optical (FSO) Alliance, an advocacy group for the emerging FSO broadband sector, will hold its first meeting on June 26 in Boston.

The Free-Space Optical (FSO) Alliance, an advocacy group for the emerging FSO broadband sector, will hold its first meeting on June 26 in Boston in collaboration with the annual show of the Wireless Communications Association (WCA), WCA 2001: Broadband Now!

The FSO Alliance was formed in February to unify vendors and service providers' efforts in addressing the ongoing regulatory, safety, networking and other issues facing the technology.

The alliance focus will be on integration of the technology within metro/access networks, addressing the sector's public information, government relations and technological development needs.

WCA 2001 will include five separate FSO events - three panels, a "Meet & Greet" session for prospective FSO partners and customers, and the alliance's organization meeting - thereby allowing FSO providers, financial analysts, technical experts and customers to provide a comprehensive picture of FSO's future.

About the Free Space Optics Alliance:

Founded in February, the FSO Alliance is comprised of 13 companies that provide FSO systems and service providers (also known as laserCom). The Strategis Group and Allied Business Intelligence are among analysts recently underscoring in research reports the commercial possibilities of FSO. For more information, visit www.opticalacess.com.

About the Wireless Communications Association:

Founded in 1988, the WCA is a non-profit trade association representing the fixed wireless broadband industry. For more information, visit www.wcai.com.

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