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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    Howard, 21 Jan 2007 @ 12:14am

    Why bother writing me?

    Chris, and the rest of you attacking me in this forum can get lost. I love how you all email for help to get fodder to complain and then try to attack me here.

    Don't even bother contacting me. If you are unhappy, pay the $180 fee and cancel. I have hundreds of customers that are satisfied with their service. Attacking me is a waste of time, I assure you. I am not an employee of Clearwire and I do not sell the service to gamers.

    Find someone else to complain to, and I'd start with the local office or customer service for Clearwire. Unless you bought from me, I can't help you.

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