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May 4, 2006

Clearwire and AOL

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 10:13 AM

Clearwire, the Kirkland-based company led by Craig McCaw, said today that it was partnering with America Online to offer AOL customers a wireless broadband service.

The service, to be called "AOL High Speed -- Powered by Clearwire," will be initially be available in Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Fla., as well as Stockton and Modesto, Calif.

The announcement is Clearwire's first major reseller partnership. Currently, the service can be purchased in company-owned stores and kiosks and through Best Buy in markets where it's available.

The service, which uses a WiMax-like technology and requires a modem, will be available for as low as $25.90 a month, the two companies said.

"Clearwire's wireless high-speed service brings a differentiated offering to AOL members moving to broadband," said Joe Redling, president of AOL's Access Business. "This innovative approach to broadband access offers consumers additional levels of freedom and flexibility in how and where they experience AOL's content and services -- and stands to be a promising feature for new consumer segments."

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