DirecTV and EchoStar Partner For WiMAX Internet Access

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This deal between DirectTV, EchoStar (DISH's parent), and Clearwire (a WiMAX service provider) seems to be the first big solid WiMAX push in the US, if everything goes to plan. In the agreement two big satellite TV providers will get a broadband service of their own—something they apparently think they need to compete with cable and DSL—and Clearwire's WiMAX will get some large exposure to the public.

With its WiMAX service, Clearwire targets two markets: those who are out of the reach of wired broadband service and those who are looking for an alternative to cable and DSL providers. The bundled service is inteded to make its offering more attractive to the latter group.

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Seems like a meshing of two separate interests combining for their mutual benefit. Kind of like how Slowpoke and Shellder combine to form Slowbro, which helps both of them. Holy shit, did I just compare satellite TV and WiMAX to Pokemon?

Satellite TV guys say: why not WiMAX [Ars Technica]

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aj99000, if it works like the service I have now (Wireless Internet Service Provider or WISP) it's basically WiFi on steroids . I have a small antenna on my roof pointed at a tower that's a couple miles away. The signal is 2.4Ghz. I have the 768K/512K plan and it's costing me $85/month. Average latency is only about 11 milliseconds. That's way better than the 1000+ milliseconds (or more) I got with Direcway on a good day.

I had Direcway as well and it sucked but it was still better than dial-up any day.

I would like to see some competition in this market so prices will come down. Paying $85/month for what amounts to a basic DSL package is unpleasant.