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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    Marc in Bellingham, WA, 23 Jun 2007 @ 11:42pm

    Re: Re: Clearwire is the problem, not so much Wima

    I hope that if anyone knows of people getting up a class action suit against Clearwire they will post the information here. I am a business person and I have been trying to use their service to build a website. When I started, Clearwire was a bit slow, but workable. About 3 weeks ago it suddenly went totally SNAFU. I couldn't do any work with it for a week, between glacially slow speeds and constant disconnects. It's gotten sporadically better since but usually works poorly at best. I have called their support repeatedly and done all of the things they have asked me to do--to absolutely no avail. I have gotten several contradictory stories from their tech staff, the only honest one telling me he didn't know what was going on. This is causing me serious delays with my business and is loosing me noney. Post it here if anyone is getting up a class action suit against Clearwire!

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