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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    Ed Ledoux, 13 Mar 2008 @ 5:33pm

    Howard Feinstein

    Howard Feinstein busts his butt to keep his customers happy. I know because I am one. I've been thankful for his efforts. If I had a question or problem I would give him a call and usually get an immediate response. My service has only had one outage in a year because of very high winds we get here in Alaska, 125+ mph gusts. It was out for about 4 hours that one night, nearly expected Dorthy and Toto to fly by. Other than that I get 1.48 mb/s down and 768 up all day long.
    I don't use VOIP, or host a website, or play Counter Strike online so it is perfectly suited for me.
    I'll be renewing my contract because I have gotten good value for my money. If I had dial-up I would be wasting and losing money. My sister and I had 5 machines surfing at top speed with Clearwire over the summer, I was Ebaying stuff for her and she was buying sailboat equipment. The hours we saved was worth every penny.

    Please read those contracts people. Do your homework and due diligence. The contract is what matters not what someone says. Simple, If it's not in writing don't sign it.
    Hope everyone gets their problems solved.

    Thanks again Howard for the Wireless Experience!!!
    Ed

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