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You mean like Clear(wire) which I've been using for 5 years?

Or NetZero a free version with limited broadband that runs on the Clear Wimax network?

(LTE trolls can continue below.)
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM · Report this
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Not a prayer anytime soon. Telecommunications lobby will kill it in Congress. And Republicans won't go for a government bureaucracy taking over something that today is highly profitable for business.
Posted by bigyaz on February 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
Actually, this is just an extension of the EU/US data treaties and the rollout of 1000 Gbps wireless in areas on or near (1-3 miles) university and college campus nationwide.

Pretty easy to piggyback, since you have to build out the trunks anyway.

It's also one of the most frequent complaints by big business about the cost of doing business in the US compared to the First World Nations (we're second tier, sorry, guys).
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Dougsf 4
Tried and failed in San Francisco, but Godspeed to the folks who would undertake this Sisyphean endeavor at the national level.
Posted by Dougsf on February 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM · Report this
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This would have never even been proposed if the telecommunications industry had provided the same level of service, for the same price, as people in other countries get. Look at the speed of internet and the low price in places like France or South Korea. You'll see the US is still in the 20th century.
Posted by TJ on February 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 6
@3

I always read your posts in John Ratzenberger's voice, especially when the first word is "actually."
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on February 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM · Report this
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There are plenty of free wifi hotspots in Seattle right now, and the plan seems to be working out OK.

The spots aren't for business-critical connections, but they're fine for downloading a newspaper article or researching other public amenities when you're on the go.

(If you read the article, it's more about freeing wireless spectrum for public goods instead of private service.)
Posted by six shooter on February 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM · Report this
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@6 -- I like reading w-i-s in a Kenneth voice.
Posted by six shooter on February 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 9
@7,

Where? Seattle Center has free wifi, but it's garbage. Are there places in Seattle where the free wifi actually works?
Posted by keshmeshi on February 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM · Report this
rob! 10
"Little-known fact, there, Normie," is what my autocorrect brain subs in, @6.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on February 4, 2013 at 12:55 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 12
I don't think times have changed since Nikola Tesla tried to build a tower to provide wireless power but was thwarted by wealthy pricks like J.P. Morgan, who scoffed at Tesla's ideas because Morgan and other reptiles like him wouldn't have been able to profit from it.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on February 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM · Report this
seandr 13
This is the sort of thing that causes people to shake their heads and say, "it'll never happen."

Since when have Americans ever turned down free anything?
Posted by seandr on February 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 14
free wi-fi is a right! wait... no, that's guns.

american priorities.
Posted by Max Solomon on February 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Kinison 15
This is not Clearwire or WiMax technology, its using a slice from the 700mhz spectrum, which allows for IP broadcasts of up to 20 miles. Even if the government gets blocked from installing this, cell phone companies clearly dont want a private ISP to set this up. This technology makes it too cheap to cover a wide area. Who would pay 60$ a month for 4G service, when you could get it from a local ISP for 30$.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on February 4, 2013 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
I love how you all spend endless hours worrying about what voice to read my posts in.

I recommend Comic Sans, personally.

Now, perchance you could admit I made some serious points that are germane, instead of asking why Beyonce didn't end with the National Anthem?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM · Report this
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Someone start a We The People petition! I'd do it but I'm Canadian.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/
Posted by silvertears on February 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM · Report this
spamky 18
Congress will be stuck between their desire to suck the dick of the telecommunications companies and their desire to spy on everyone
Posted by spamky on February 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM · Report this
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@1: And now I have heard of exactly one person who is happy with Clearwire.
Posted by bigyaz on February 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 20
@18 we're already spying on everyone. So, that is not germane.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM · Report this
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#15

What is Wimax?

WiMAX is an IP based, wireless broadband access technology that provides performance similar to 802.11/Wi-Fi networks with the coverage and QOS (quality of service) of cellular networks. WiMAX is also an acronym meaning "Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX).

WiMAX is a wireless digital communications system, also known as IEEE 802.16, that is intended for wireless "metropolitan area networks". WiMAX can provide broadband wireless access (BWA) up to 30 miles (50 km) for fixed stations, and 3 - 10 miles (5 - 15 km) for mobile stations. In contrast, the WiFi/802.11 wireless local area network standard is limited in most cases to only 100 - 300 feet (30 - 100m).


http://www.wimax.com/wimax-faq/

Clear Unlimited: $35
http://www.clear.com/plans/home
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM · Report this
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#19

It is hard to hear when so much noise is being made to keep you from listening.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 23
@17

Only a Canadian would be too polite to anonymously pretend to be American on a web site.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on February 4, 2013 at 2:15 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 24
@23 is correct.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM · Report this
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@9 --
If I tell you, then everyone will go there and ruin it for me!

(Outside any ublic-pay ibrary-lay or ire-fay ation-stay afik. Soon ool-schays, I've heard.)

You're not watching netflix, but you can Bing Map or One Bus Away
Posted by six shooter on February 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM · Report this
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I'd like to hear that reads your comments guy from reddit read @16.
Posted by six shooter on February 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM · Report this
Posted by six shooter on February 4, 2013 at 2:28 PM · Report this
Kinison 28
@21

In its current form, WiMax mostly uses 2.3ghz, 2.5ghz and 3.5 ghz technology, which does not penetrate walls and structures as well as something using 700mhz spectrum. Because its using Ghz spectrum, its only able to go about 6-8 miles. Enough to cover a city, but not a county. White Spaces, using 700mhz, will go much further and penetrate deeper. Its what was used to broadcast TV before the digital switch over.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on February 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM · Report this
JonnoN 29
Wimax sucks and Clearwire sucks. Look for them to be scrapping it in favor of LTE, especially now that Sprint is in full control.
Posted by JonnoN http://www.backnine.org/ on February 4, 2013 at 3:17 PM · Report this
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#28

802.16 should take care of that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.16

#29

LTE is something the cell carriers through together too late because with Wimax the cows already left the barn.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM · Report this
Dougsf 31
I had to research Clear in Portland recently. What I found out anecdotal is pretty well represented on their Yelp page.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/clear-wire-portl…
Posted by Dougsf on February 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM · Report this
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#31

The LTE guys have been saturating the net with anti-Wimax reviews for years now.

Beware- Another Internet Scam- Paid Reviews
http://thealbeeagency.com/beware-another…

Bottom line, the system they are proposing already exists and for FREE.

Here's Freedom Pop...free:

http://www.freedompop.com/

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 33
Thanks for the data, @28.

The main problem we have here is lack of bandwidth, and way too expensive both for speed and for GB of bandwidth consumed, problems that First World Nations don't have.

Adapt. Or get used to being Third World here in the USA.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM · Report this
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iirc bernie sanders suggested that the post office do this in rural post offices . way out idea .its not all about the city
Posted by neoanderthal on February 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM · Report this
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This will make it much, MUCH easier for the government to monitor the people without the constitutional problems of wireless wiretaps. After all, it is now established precedent that ISPs can keep whatever logs they want of communication and do what they want with those logs. And if the government is your ISP....
Posted by TechBear on February 5, 2013 at 5:30 AM · Report this
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After losing half a billion dollar in Europe, Clearwire made a shameful exit from Spain last October selling the operations there, for one euro, to a couple of crooked local businessmen.

Now the Clearwire Corporation CFO (Hope Cochran) and the CAO (Steve Ednie) have been accused of fraud.

Is this a poorly run company or what.

More here:
http://bit.ly/Xzbj18
Posted by CW Spain Employees on February 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM · Report this
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Posted by DariaWilen on March 15, 2013 at 4:43 AM · Report this

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