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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  1. identicon
    insanity, 18 Dec 2007 @ 10:55pm

    Re: Clearwire: Deceptive Marketing Strategy

    YES! We need to start holding these people accountable for the crap that they pull on the average person. These people count on us being small and isolated we need to band together and stand up against these greedy execs and show them we're not to be taken advantage of.

    You sign a contract thats says you get the internet at 1.5 mbps at most but never do for some reason (kind of like buying the 100 gig HD and only getting 93.3). its rarely at half that which would be fine but then no p2p are you serious!? I thought I would get the INTERNET! Last I checked p2p is part of the internet.

    E-MAIL ME WE'LL TAKE THESE BASTARDS DOWN!

    P.S. Don't take guff from these swine.
    maybe thats something to pitch to comcast or dsl. That they don't block p2p.

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