John Paczkowski

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Clearwire as Mud


Ironic, isn’t it, that the nationwide WiMAX network created by the $14.5 billion merger of Clearwire (CLWR) and Sprint Nextel (S) is to be rebranded as “Clear,” since the joint-venture transaction that spawned it is about as muddy as they come.

With $3.2 billion in investments from the likes of Comcast (CMCSA), Intel (INTC), Time Warner Cable (TWX), Google (GOOG) and Brighthouse Networks, the new Clearwire has quite a few masters to serve, though CEO Benjamin Wolff insists none will have a direct hand in the company’s operations. “We have very little in common with a joint venture,” he said during a conference call on Monday, claiming Clearwire’s investors have no say in the timing of network launches. Hard to believe that’s the case when a $1 billion investor like Intel holds a seat on Clearwire’s board. But if it is, Wolff’s lucky. Because with Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) planning to bring a competing fourth-generation network called LTE (long-term evolution) online in the next year or so, Clearwire can’t afford any unnecessary distractions lest it lose that all important time-to-market advantage. “The credit markets are lousy” will only work as an excuse for slowed deployment for so long …


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik