Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - McCaw Is Expected to Launch Wireless Broadband Service - McCaw Is Expected to Launch Wireless Broadband Service "Wireless entrepreneur Craig McCaw is expected to announce today that he is launching a national wireless broadband service to compete with the high-speed Internet access offered by cable operators and telephone companies.
His company, called Clearwire Inc., aims to offer wireless Internet access to consumers in roughly 20 markets over the next year, according to Gerry Salemme, the executive vice president of Clearwire and a longtime executive at various ventures of Mr. McCaw's. It will launch service in two cities this summer -- Jacksonville, Fla., and St. Cloud, Minn.
Initially, Clearwire's service will be marketed to consumers as a fixed product to compete directly against Internet access via cable modems and digital subscriber lines. Mr. Salemme said that Clearwire's service would offer speeds in a range of 1.5 to two megabytes per second, potentially slightly faster than home DSL or cable modems, and significantly faster than wireless services being contemplated by cellular carriers like Verizon Wireless and Sprint PCS."
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