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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    Tim, 5 Jun 2009 @ 10:17pm

    Worst ISP ever

    Clearwire Wireless Broadband ISP is by far the worst ISP I have ever had the misfortune to subscribe to. I never thought I would ever say this again but this service makes me miss dial up. They constantly throttle bandwidth for almost all of my internet activities. God forbid if I wanna upload any file larger than 600M, watch a video, listen to music, use a VoIP program like Skype or TeamSpeak or Ventrillo, play any MMORPG and expect to actually be able to play, check my email, check myspace or any other website not related or contracted to Clearwire. I actually think this service could be used as an effective weapon of war...forget sending in the troops...just send in a Clearwire rep and unload this garbage of an ISP on them...It will drive them to the brinks of insanity the depths of which they can never return or recover. Once I was a normal guy now I'm completely nutts and spend all day talking to the walls because they offer more reliable bandwidth and costumer service than this trash ISP. If you see a Clearwire rep coming for you RUN RUN RUN...would rather have Leather Face watch my children while I go out for drinks with the wife!!!!

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