Wireless

by Mike Masnick




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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    Chuckles, 11 Apr 2007 @ 2:39pm

    Clearwire

    I live in a small rural area and had no choice before Clearwire. It was dial-up or nothing and phone lines are not good here.
    It is true that Clearwire blocks port 80 but that is not hard to get around. I use Zoneedit for my DNS and I can do port forwarding. When looking at my websites, users never know, nor would they care, that they are not on port 80. I have been able to use Clearwire for everything that I want and am very happy with it. It is so much better than dial-up. I would hate to lose Clearwire.

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