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June 20, 2007

Clearwire Q&A in Forbes

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 10:26 AM

Here's a short interview Forbes conducted with Clearwire's CEO Ben Wolff.

The one interesting thing to check out, perhaps, is his comments on the upcoming spectrum auction. I talked briefly with Wolff last week about it and he said Clearwire wasn't taking a stance on it.

As taken from the text of the article....

Q: The FCC is about to decide on rules for a prime band of spectrum that could help Clearwire and other third-party providers create a "third" pipe to challenge the dominance of cable and DSL in high-speed Internet. What is Clearwire's position on the auction and do you plan to participate?

A: The rules haven't even been set yet. Without the rules being set it's up in the air in terms of what blocks and channel sizes will be available. We haven't made a firm decision one way or the other whether we will participate in the auction. We think it's more useful in rural areas than urban areas. The wave form travels at longer distances at those lower frequencies and you have the potential to create self interference.

Q: Have you offered any comments on the proposals?

A: We haven't really weighed in. It's interesting to see people talk about another network, because we're building it today. I don't understand all the political fervor of another network being built. We have been doing it for three years.

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