Clearwire's Non-WiMax Now Non-Useful: Blocks VoIP, Streaming Media

from the wonderful dept

Craig McCaw's Clearwire wireless outfit has received plenty of attention -- mainly for being run by Craig McCaw. Late last year, Intel had to pay Clearwire to convince them to use WiMax (which, still doesn't actually exist) as the core of their wireless offering, as WiMax was proving to be increasingly less than the hype would have you believe. Earlier this month, Bell Canada made a surprise announcement, saying they would provide VoIP for Clearwire in the US -- giving the Canadian telco a way to enter the US market. Still, it appears the folks at Clearwire haven't been paying attention to the whole "network neutrality" debate or the fact that an ISP has been fined for blocking Vonage. Instead, Clearwire proudly states that they will block any application they don't like -- including non-Bell Canada VoIP and any streaming audio or video offering. In other words, Clearwire's wireless broadband is becoming close to useless, because they want to control what you can and can't do over it. They claim they need to do this "to ensure network performance reliability," but can't explain how it's okay for them to offer VoIP, but Vonage must be blocked. More importantly, if Clearwire is saying they can't have a stable network when people are doing VoIP or streaming media, it certainly raises a lot of questions about the quality of WiMax.

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  1. identicon
    Howard Feinstein, 28 Dec 2006 @ 6:32pm

    Re: Complaint and response to clearwire

    Nice if you to post this on the internet, too bad you didn't bother to contact me to look into your issues.

    I offered to help you work out your issues and instead, you try to make me and Clearwire look stupid.

    I take issue with you contacting me and posting my message to you on the internet, but you fail to tell me who you are. Why won't you be honest and post your real name and phone number here?

    I am proud of what I do and I truly am sorry if the service is not what you expected. Regardless, I never lied to you or misrepresented the product. You also had 7 days try the service out and I never heard from you that you were upset.

    Please do not post my information on the internet without my permission. I will be looking into this from a legal standpoint.

    Howard F.

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