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.

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  1. identicon
    KW, 27 Jan 2008 @ 7:16pm

    Dont give up on wireless

    Im planning on rolling out a wimax service in a clearwire service area.And it promises to be all that and then some Im truely sorry to hear my soon to be competition cant get it right. however we have some neat things to offer.Wimax will take us places we only dreamed,speed,low to no latency. However i understand the position on bandwidth.Operators have to buy the bw and it is costley.Clearwire could be spending 30k mo.for it so if your abusing it please try to understand there position.So i must ask dont give up on wireless yet cause Wimax is coming after five years of r&d and tens of billions.Its right i hope. But mean wile i have read all your post and i will listen and hopefully get it right.I will have multy services with most at no cost to consumers.Wimax also has as much as twice the range of comp services.This technology was meant to push the limit and thats just what i plan to do.Some times companies are to large just dont want to listen.When in reality they should.But thats where competition comes in,witch is always good for consumers. keeps the big boys in check.So peeps dont think were going to be the same. I listen and strive to be the best we can be. Thanks KW

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Show Now: Takedown
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.