McCaw’s Clearwire going to North Carolina


Craig McCaw’s Clearwire Corp has bought spectrum from CT Communications, a Concord, NC-based company for about $16 million. CT owns a small phone company, Concord Telephone, and had been granted the licenses for these frequencies and started a subsidiary called WaveTel in 2001. The business was shut down in 2002. Clearwire has been uisng its properitary technology to offer service in four cities, and recently started trials in some parts of Southern Oregon. Clearwire has raised more than $300 million in funding from the likes of Intel and Bell Canada.



I used Clearwire for several months this year while on contract in Bellingham, WA. The service was fast and flawless.

When I signed up it was with the understanding that I would use it only a few months and then be leaving the area. All I had to do was turn the modem in and would have no more obligations. This I did but the next week I received a call from a Clearwire rep who demanded $180. for breaking my contract. I explained that the service was not available where I was currently living and about the understanding that the sales rep had given me.
This person only became more insistent that I pay the cancellation fee. So far there has been no resolution.

Doug Meredith

Sounds like Jim Goodman was a lousy employee & is very disgruntled for doing crappy work & being fired for it! I know a few folks working for Clearwire & have MANY years in the industry & are VERY knowledgeable. If you search on the internet for customer feedback about Clearwire you would find just the opposite of what he states (minimum 95% satisfaction rate). I don’t have the service yet but you can be assured I will be in line when they come to my area, especially at half the cost of DSL (the most comparable speed). Yes, I’ve seen where ports are blocked but there are NUMEROUS ways to get around that & is very easy.

Oh yeah, before using the term “ignorance,” please use spell-check before sending out your e-mails!!


I live in Jacksonville, FL where Clearwire has already been established. I was trying their service, however, I found that ports are blocked. For example, I can not access Napster or MusicMatch. Clearwire tells me I have to ask Napster and Musicmatch to route through a different port and that it’s not a Clearwire issue. I’m not a big computer person and I should not have to contact program vendors. I can’t even get into the program itself to ask for technical assistance.
For this reason, I have gone back to dial up till there is a more feasible fast access connection in my neighborhood.


I dont care what a cabniet looks like, as long as the service works.

Jared, do you dislike the company becuase you got a pink slip or for more valid reasons?

This is a “new” technology, they are making the standards as they go correct? Why would there be standards before they employ the technology?


OK, let me start this by saying I worked for this pittiful orginazation and I can tell you how they think(or don’t for that matter) and all thier little dirty tricks.

First I must disclose my reasoning behind this. 1. everyone deserves to know the truth. 2. I work for them between 60-80 hours a week in thier NIC, which was responsebile for building(and I was responsabile for comiccioning all thier equipment too) all the cabinets the sit at the base of cell cites. After breaking my back I was graciously handed a pink slip from two unknowledable individuals who know little to nothing about this industry, yet the fate of the company lay within thier hands…

They block all ports! Except the basic email and web ports, they block the rest. They serve to the customers on licencsed 2.6G wireless spectrum and then do wireless backhaul using unlicensed spectrum! That is problem number 1. Then, then also plan to have approx 50+ customers per sector, with a 20/50/or 100 Mbps backhaul. Most people would say that is fantastic. But in truth, is is misreable. Even though the backhaul from the wireless site to the pop at “high speeds” thier connection to the Inet is usualy only 1.5 Mbps(1 T1) or even two or three. When you have 50-200 customers on a link, trying to share that little bandwidth, you’d be lucky to get the 64k I see referred to on this sites posts.

Furthermore, these cabinets are not built to any type of standard(which is the reason for the NIC, to standardize them). For example, they do not heat shrink thier power connections, and all equipment is hooked to a set of power relays for remote monitoring and power cycling abailities.

If I were to give anyone any advice about this company, STAY AWAY FROM THEM! Why would you want to support a company that insists on maintaining ignorance? Furthermore, why would you want to pay a company for a service that is far less quality than many other established providers out there.

PS, thier “Lead Engineer” at the NIC, does not even know the difference between a torque head screwdriver and a precision screw driver…

Jim Goodman

I live in Modesto, CA – The service will start any time now, two
speeds available 768 Kbps & 1.5 Mbps

Jim Goodman

I live in Modesto, CA – The service will start any time now, two
speeds available 768 Kbps & 1.5 Mbp


DG Lewis,
Do you know how many frequencies Wavetel has in each of the licenses sold? beyond that, it appears that it also sold specific licenses, not for whole BTA’s…would happen to know what were they and how much spectrum they had?

DG Lewis

The licenses cover four BTAs in the Raleigh-Durham area (RD, Burlington, Fayetteville-Lumberton, and Rocky Mount/Wilson), one BTA in Kentucky (Middlesboro-Harlan), and one BTA in Tennessee (Kingsport/Johnson City). There’s also one transmitter license in the Charlotte-Gastonia BTA.

Om Malik

Not sure about the details but given that CT had limited spectrum for parts of NC, it cannot be the full state. Clearwire uses its own properitary fixed wireless technology


Two questions:

1.) Does this deal cover all of North Carolina, or just the Charlotte area?

2.) What technology does Clearwire use for its service? EV-DO? Flash-OFDM?

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