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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    nwgeek, 10 Aug 2009 @ 5:39pm

    Re: Portland Oregon Poor Coverage

    I hate to pour water on all of the hate posts here but I do have to chirp up. I have used Clearwire for 2.5 years. I am not employed by them, nor have I ever been. I know no one in Clearwire. All I can say is that I am happy. I dumped my landline and use Skype. I have zero problems. I use Skype with web cam. Again, no problems. I am online from 7 am to 10 pm as I run a business that requires me to do so. If Clearwire was a headache, I would have dumped it. I do a lot of building of Drupal web sites. No hassles from Clearwire. I do wish port 80 was open. I do see from using that port 3389 (remote desktop) is open.

    On top of it all, I live in a small town of 27,000 people. Go figure.

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