Broadband Briefs for 07/20/09
• Clearwire launches 4G in Vegas tomorrow
By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week
Clearwire Communications will officially launch its 4G WiMAX mobile Internet service in Las Vegas tomorrow. The company said members of the media and industry analysts can preview the service today and early tomorrow.
Clearwire boasts the new mobile Internet service will work "as fast on the go as it does at home." Interested customers can sign up for the service online.
Sprint launched the service under its Xohm brand in Baltimore last fall. Clearwire, which represents a merger between Sprint’s Xohm service and its own Clear brand, launched its mobile WiMAX service in Portland, Ore., in January. Sprint and Clearwire have both announced plans to roll out 4G service in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia and Seattle in 2009.
• FiOS lands in Fleming, N.Y.
By Mike Robuck
Following the stamp of approval last week from the town board, Verizon’s FiOS video service was granted a franchise agreement in Fleming, N.Y. The franchise agreement for Fleming, which is in Cayuga County, followed on the heels of recent agreements in central New York with the townships of East Syracuse, North Syracuse and Cicero.
On Thursday, the New York Public Service Commission confirmed the East Syracuse and North Syracuse franchise agreements, as well as a franchise agreement awarded to the company by the village of Sea Cliff in Nassau County. At its Saturday meeting, the commission confirmed the franchise that the town of Clay had awarded to Verizon in March.
Verizon said the addition of the Fleming cable television franchise brings the number of New York municipalities that have authorized Verizon to provide FiOS TV service to 156. The company is in the process of building and installing the necessary video equipment in local central offices in the central New York region and expects the service will go live in the municipalities there later this year.