Ex-Clearwire WiMAX network earns 11th hour reprieve

6 Nov 2015

A state judge in Massachusetts has delayed Sprint’s plans to shut down its legacy Clearwire WiMAX network in 75 cities across the country by 90 days, Fierce Wireless reports. In doing so, the judge sided with two non-profit organisations that had brought legal proceedings against Sprint, alleging that the telco had violated the terms of their initial contracts by pushing them to accept its preferred LTE service, albeit on less favourable terms. The affected parties, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen, hold Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum licences and under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules they both leased a portion of their spectrum to Clearwire for 30 years in 2006 in exchange for the ability to provide unlimited, wireless broadband services to schools, libraries and non-profit organisations across the US.

According to Fierce Wireless, the list of cities covered by the order includes: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, New York City, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Washington, DC. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2014 Sprint revealed 6 November 2015 as its official WiMAX shut-down date.

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