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Web surfers in the Pacific Northwest will soon join the denizens of Baltimore, Md., in their ability to get WiMAX service. Although those in Baltimore are still surfing under the old Xohm brand offered by Sprint, Clearwire plans to launch the first citywide Clear branded service […]

Web surfers in the Pacific Northwest will soon join the denizens of Baltimore, Md., in their ability to get WiMAX service. Although those in Baltimore are still surfing under the old Xohm brand offered by Sprint, Clearwire plans to launch the first citywide Clear branded service in Portland, Ore., on January 6 — a little more than a month after Clearwire and Sprint completed their spectrum deal, and raised $3.2 billion for a nationwide WiMAX network.

Pricing ranges from $30 a month for 200 MB to $50 for unlimited data — and looks to be cheaper than cellular data plans, but pricier than Xohm’s pricing. There’s also a $35 activation fee and some questionable terms of service agreements, which Clearwire says will be changed.

In a TOS section of the web site dated from Oct. 19, 2007, Clearwire limits the use of  bandwidth-sucking application such as P2P file-sharing and continuous FTP uploading and downloading. This isn’t in and of itself bad, but the TOS site also says Clearwire will take action against such bandwidth hogs by “managing network resources through techniques such as limiting the aggregate bandwidth available for certain bandwidth intensive protocols such as peer-to-peer applications and newsgroups.” (emphasis mine) That sounds like throttling certain types of traffic.

That contradicts what Cleawire CEO Ben Wolff told me this month when I asked him how the Clear service would deal with network management. At the time he said the company won’t ID specific bandwidth-hogging apps and try to restrict or limit those. Because the terms of service date from over a year ago, my guess is they need to be reconciled with the new Clear service. Clearwire says that should happen soon.

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  1. [...] Finally! Filed under: Uncategorized — Raj @ 7:19 pm http://gigaom.com/2008/12/15/portland-gets-wimax-service/ [...]

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  2. Is there a Sprint card that works with all of Clear/Xohm and Sprint’s current 3G service? I currently have a Sprint 3G card…is there a seamless upgrade path?

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  3. Metro-Fi tainted the waters here in Portland with their terrible service. Plus, people here love the great free wifi, courtesy of Personal Telco. I also have an EVDO card I can use anywhere. Why do I need wimax?

    These guys have a lot to prove, never mind changing a TOS that would make any geek here cringe just thinking about some arbitrary cap on bandwidth. Are these guys really throttling bandwidth? What is this? Son of Comcast?

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  4. [...] Portland Gets WiMAX Service Via GigaOm “Web surfers in the Pacific Northwest will soon join the denizens of Baltimore, Md., in their ability to get WiMAX service. Although those in Baltimore are still surfing under the old Xohm brand offered by Sprint, Clearwire plans to launch the first citywide Clear branded service in Portland, Ore., on January 6 — a little more than a month after Clearwire and Sprint completed their spectrum deal, and raised $3.2 billion for a nationwide WiMAX network.” [...]

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  5. Stacey Higginbotham Tuesday, December 16, 2008

    Erica, they will eventually offer a dual-mode 3G and WiMAX modem, but you will have to buy the upgrade modem yourself.

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  6. Far cry from 2000 where cable and DSL (Qwest and Verizon) service areas were small. Now I have my choice of cable (Comcast), fiber (Verizon FiOS) and wireless (Clear, Cricket, At&T, Verizon Wireless and T-mobile). FiOS won my subscription two years ago. About 98% of the time I have no need for mobile/wireless Internet but the very rare times I do, I thank the Personal Telco Project.

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  7. [...] Portland Gets WiMAX Service Via GigaOm “Web surfers in the Pacific Northwest will soon join the denizens of Baltimore, Md., in their ability to get WiMAX service. Although those in Baltimore are still surfing under the old Xohm brand offered by Sprint, Clearwire plans to launch the first citywide Clear branded service in Portland, Ore., on January 6 — a little more than a month after Clearwire and Sprint completed their spectrum deal, and raised $3.2 billion for a nationwide WiMAX network.” [...]

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  8. [...] Portland Gets WiMAX Service – GigaOM [...]

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  9. [...] Sprint’s EVDO network and on Sprint’s Baltimore WiMAX network. The service will launch in Portland very soon. Other cities are going to follow next year as Clearwire (the combo company that includes Clearwire [...]

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  10. [...] and it works great when you have a signal. Come January 6th, 2009, you’ll be able to use the Clear service in Portland as well. What about the vast stretches of land in between? Sprint, a co-owner of the Clear WiMAX service, [...]

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