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"This is a transformational opportunity that won't come again," said John Warner, founder of InnoVenture, an Upstate organization dedicated to helping create high-impact companies. "It would be a shame that at the end of the day, we let this chance go by because we didn't have the vision and leadership to step up and grasp it."
State Sen. Luke Rankin, R-Horry, said there still are too many unanswered questions about this new technology.
"WiMax has been talked about like it's the next best thing to Penicillin," said Rankin, who headed a legislative study committee this past summer that examined the WiMax "wireless cloud" proposal. "And (lawmakers) are being told, 'Hurry up. We don't have time to wait. We don't have time to study WiMax and whatever else is out there.'"
Search engine Google plans to offer consumers the chance to download and print classic novels free of charge.
The firm's book search tool will let people print classics such as Dante's Inferno or Aesop's Fables, as well as other books no longer under copyright.
Until now, the service has only let people read such books on-screen."