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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    Jack, 30 Jul 2008 @ 11:27am

    Single upstream on Clearwire

    Looking for advice here. I have an internet radio talk show that I stream live right now 1 night a week, and do a podcast daily. I'm planning on doing the live show from "out and about" using a Clearwire PCcard on a laptop. In order to stream my live show, I use a company called "Abacast". Unlike Shoutcasting or other similar streamming apps where the number of simultaneous listeners you can have is defined by the size of your pipe and stream, Abaacast employs a p2p technology with their player to enable an unlimited number or users. What all this means is that when I broadcast my show, I need to only stream a single 96k stream (on whatever port I want) to the Abacast server....and the Abacast server sends it out to the cloud. I was thinking I could use Clearwire for this purpose...i.e. the 96k stream to the Abacast server. This would only happen on Tuesday nights for about 4 hours from a metropolitan area in the middle of where Clearwire says they have strong service. Thoughts?

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