It's Wednesday, November 14, 2007, and welcome back to Good Day, BWIA, a light compendium of news, items of interest, irreverent commentary, and occasional light analysis relating to Broadband Wireless Internet Access (including WiMAX, public access Wi-Fi, etc.).
By-now obligatory Clearwire Rumor of the day Today's rumored acquirer? Comcast, according to Seattle Post Intelligencer writer John Cook... but citing no sources for this rumor. Imagine... all the efficiency and customer service of Comcast applied to wireless... fascinating to imagine.
By-now obligatory Clearwire Non-rumor of the day McCaw Bets Again On Wireless Frontier, a front page article in the Wall Street Journal. I read it in hardcopy today, and Amol Sharma does a pretty fair job of deconstructing Clearwire. This mention in the first few paragraphs was interesting, confirming one key recent Clearwire / Sprint Nextel rumor: Last week, his plans on that front were dealt a blow. Sprint Nextel Corp., which is working on its own WiMax network, scrapped a preliminary agreement to join forces with Clearwire to build a national one. A separate plan to spin off Sprint's broadband unit and merge it with Clearwire was rejected by Sprint's board last week, people familiar with the situation say. The two companies are continuing to talk, these people say. Kudos to Sharma for doing his homework - this is the first "mainstream" story about Clearwire that mentions that the genesis of Clearwire was not McCaw, but rather an earlier incantation of Clearwire that McCaw aquired and resurrected. Further kudos to Sharma for making the connection between McCaw's "Project Angel" a decade ago, and Clearwire now.
Today's Clearwire Modem Weather Report - Hollywood Hill, Woodinville, Washington - Solid 3 Bars; chilly, and a bit foggy and overcast.
Another slow BWIA news day Really, I looked, but today's BWIA developments tended to fall below the threshold of (I promise in the header of this blog) "significant developments...". Even the mailing lists that I monitor weren't up to their usual antics of calving off interesting tidbits. Actually, the lack of news nicely coincided with a busy personal day. Let's just say, I'm nearly wireless (actually... "tubeless") as my surgeon has discontinued my use of a WoundVac after five weeks of therapy, and boy, does liberation feel great! Don't get me wrong - the WoundVac is an amazing device with very, very impressive results. There's something morbidly fascinating (at least to this techie) about watching unwanted bodily fluids being slowly siphoned away. But you live with it 24x7 while it does its work - especially fun rolling over in bed "the wrong way". Yes, it's portable (for six or so hours at a time)... but even then, dealing with it got old.
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