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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    sara stone, 2 Oct 2007 @ 1:46am

    poor, poor performance & nasty company policies

    My in house geek roommate already had clear wire and offered to share it with me. I've been using it for I don't know maybe 6 months already.
    It's absolutely terrible. Course being computer illiterate I thought it was my computer, too many windows open, etc.
    I called clear wire one day to find out how much it costs, what speed it's supposed to be and other particulars such as installation, etc. I was horrified. I can't believe anyone would agree to sign a 2 year contract without any trial period or escape clause - particularly with the high initial cost of installation.
    I thought this kind of thing happened initially with the phone/pager companies and that the state attorney generals insisted on 30 day trials and escape clauses!!! Why not for ISP'S?? Then to read that at the end of a contract it AUTOMATICALLY rolls over for another year!!! AND you have to be savvy enough to know you MUST CANCEL TWO MONTHS IN ADVANCE. It sounds like some sort of horror movie based on George Orwell's book.
    The government needs to ban all automatic roll overs, credit card memberships, etc. Everything should be opt-in not opt-out!!!
    And while we're act it - what the hell is going on with all the spam??? Why can't we just block ANY AND ALL ISP'S THAT have spammers sending out of their domain?? Bet this would stop it immediately.
    I'm tired of feeling helpless and impotent in the face of spammers, ISP providers, magazine salesmen, credit card companies etc. What happened to personal integrity??

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