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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    Jake, 8 Feb 2008 @ 4:58pm

    Cry Babies

    Clearwire does NOT promise 1.5Mpbs download speeds. If anyone bothered to read the contract you digitally sign, you will clearly see that they offer UP TO 1.5Mpbs. No ISP will promise speeds. You may have too much crap loaded in the background, spyware, porn sh!t in the background, etc. No, Clearwire is not for everyone and if you believe everything the sales person tells you without researching it in the first place, then you are the one at fault and not the company.

    You have to remember that Clearwire is a startup and still pretty new and they still may be working out all the bugs. Hell, I remember launching the second RR system in the US when working for Time Warner and all the issues we had for the first few years and there are still issues with the service.

    There is no perfect service and there never will be. If you have an unlimited amount of money, then go get a wide open fiber connection.

    Quit your crying.

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