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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    Splince, 4 Mar 2007 @ 11:52pm


    I was going to say some things here but I have lost all interest in posting anything. I must say that I was quite entertained by Brian and the local sales rep from the wireless store. I agree with Jared being a dumb ass by revealing things like that, even though most of that is not confidential. Believe me I am also a former employee of clearwire, but I would not reveal confidential things in a negative light. I laugh at his stupidity, he's as bad as "the lead engineer at the NIC" apparently is. i would not know, as I worked at the 24/7 tech support call center, and I do agree that with any support center, they do not all know a lot, but there are a lot who know what they are talking about. Anyways, about Jared, he does not appear to know as much as he says, especially since clearwire runs off of a 2.5Ghz frequency, not 2.6Ghz. I just think it's funny how right as I pull up the terms and agreements i find in the next post Brian has already done it! anyways yeah I'm not going to try to argue with anyone else as anything or say bad things about clearwire or try to defend it, I just like to say that this has really entertained me.

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