TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Clearwire May Block VoIP Competitors

Re: Clearwire May Block VoIP Competitors
15 Apr 2005 16:54:23 -0700

Jack Decker wrote:

> Clearwire May Block VoIP Competitors

> Vonage says it's been blocked; Company's terms of service "prohibits"
> use of certain high-bandwidth applications.

> By Paul Kapustka,
> Advanced IP Pipeline 2:32 AM EST Fri. Mar. 25, 2005

> Someday, customers of wireless broadband provider Clearwire Corp. may
> be able to use Voice over IP services. But right now, Craig McCaw's
> newest company is giving its customers the silent treatment by
> apparently blocking outside VoIP providers from its network.

> In what the company claims is an effort to preserve the performance of
> its pre-standard WiMAX network, Clearwire says it reserves the right
> to prohibit the use of a wide range of bandwidth-hungry applications,
> a list that apparently includes VoIP as well as the uploading or
> downloading of streaming video or audio, and high-traffic Web site
> hosting. According to the company's terms of service, Clearwire
> reserves the right to restrict access or terminate service to
> customers who don't comply with its rules.

> While a company executive claimed the restrictions were necessary to
> ensure network performance reliability, Clearwire could not explain
> how that issue would be resolved when it offers its own VoIP services
> in the near future. Earlier this month, Clearwire signed an agreement
> with Bell Canada under which Bell Canada will provide VoIP systems and
> services for Clearwire, at a date and price yet to be announced.

> Full story at:

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Aren't there, in most communities a
> choice of other highspeed data services, such as AOL? PAT]

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