Clearwire Launches in New Texas Markets, Pacific NW

Clearwire Communications today officially launched its CLEAR 4G WiMAX service in 10 new markets. The expansion brings its fast mobile Internet service area to a total of 14 markets and more than 10 million people.

New markets include Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Waco and Wichita Falls, Texas; Bellingham, Wash; and Boise, Idaho.

Clearwire also announced that it has applied for what it calls a modest amount of broadband stimulus funds to bring new service to underserved areas within Detroit and Puerto Rico, two areas that were not otherwise part of Clearwire’s current business plan. In addition, the company announced its plans to affiliate with a limited number of other grants submitted, as a spectrum and technology partner, covering additional territories in five states. These stimulus-related projects would have no significant impact on Clearwire’s funding or build-out plans, but demonstrate the company’s support of the government’s stimulus initiatives.

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