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Clearwire emerging?

There’s dialup, DSL, cable, microwave, wifi, satellite – what Internet connection mechanisms does that miss? At least one: Clearwire, which sounds to be among the most interesting and maybe broadly useful.

Clearwire is a company based at Kirkland. An Associated Press review describes: “Instead of driving back to the office or hunting for a Wi-Fi hotspot, I booted up my laptop, plugged in a PC card, connected to the Internet and updated my story — all from a bench near the water, with a dreamy view of snowcapped mountains. Such a feat is no surprise to anyone with a wireless card from a cellular carrier, but I wasn’t connected to the networks of Verizon Wireless, Sprint or AT&T. Instead, I used an early version of the relatively new technology WiMax, which is being offered in Seattle by Clearwire Corp.”

Will Clearwire become an another major regional tech player? We may find out in 2008.

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  1. slfisher said:

    WiMax is pretty cool technology. It uses similar underlying technology to that of cellular phones, which means it covers a much, much broader territory than standard wifi.

    Hermiston has a WiMax network in place and all sorts of rural users get access to it.

    The big problem with WiMax is that there isn’t a lot of support for it thus far in computers, but that could change in a couple of years.

    December 30, 2007

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