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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    John Marshall, 24 Oct 2007 @ 9:52am

    Clearwire inconsistant

    Man this is an eyeopener.Ive had clearwire for 6 mos now.
    My signal goes from 3-5 bars and Im in a 3 tower area in Klamath Falls Or. They just got it in last yr. Well I play halo online quit a bit and I'm having serious lag issues.So much so I can hardly play because of the way high ping. I contacted tech like alot of you and theyd say yeah its fine.
    Ive diddled with my comp,killed programs that might have caused it,help from experts ect,nothing helps. And now I find its all deception. Well I'm going to dump them in the trash where they belong and go to charter cable,they have issues too but nothing like this. I printed out this whole sting of complaints and I'm going to shove it in the salesmans face. To me this is out and out fraud and there should be a class action suit against them. Please E mail me if there is.

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