Nonprofits Convince Judge to Delay Sprint's WiMAX Shutdown
Mobile Citizens, a not-for-profit organization that provides free and low-cost internet service to schools, has won an injunction preventing Sprint from shutting down its WiMax network. Sprint had planned to cease operating WiMax on Nov. 6. Mobile Citizens and other groups, however, had existing wholesale contracts with Clearwire, which Sprint acquired in 2013. Sprint says it tried to work the organizations to switch them to LTE, but the organizations allege Sprint is seeking unreasonable new terms. A Massachusetts-based judge believes some at-need consumers may be harmed if the shutdown is allowed to proceed and issued a 90-day stay. "The injunction compels Sprint to honor its professed commitment to closing the digital divide," said Mobile Citizen founder John Schwartz in a statement. "It's unfortunate it took a court order to stop Sprint from shutting off 300,000 children, families, teachers and community members from access to the American dream. But we look forward to moving ahead positively with Sprint and ensuring that everyone in our community can keep the service they rely on to connect to the larger world around them." The injunction gives the organizations more time to move customers from WiMax to LTE. Sprint did not immediately offer comment.
Sprint Can Commence WiMax Shutdown
A Massachusetts court has given Sprint permission to turn off its WiMax network in stages over the next two months. Sprint will turn WiMax off in 16 cities, including New York, today, with 39 more to follow on February 29, and the remaining 25 cities on March 31.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.
Sprint Signs Altice USA As Its Latest MVNO
Sprint has signed an agreement with Altice USA to resell Sprint service as an MVNO. Sprint is calling the deal a first-of-its-kind arrangement, as it will see the companies sharing services.
Sprint Extends 50% Rate Promo Through February 11
Sprint will continue to offer AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless customers a 50% reduction in service plan costs if they switch to Sprint. The promotion, first introduced in November, was set to expire January 8 and now runs through February 11.
Sprint to Face $300M Tax Fraud Charge In Court
Sprint lost its bid to have a $300 million lawsuit dismissed and will now face the State of New York in court. The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleges that Sprint failed to collect about $100 million in taxes from its New York-based customers over a period of seven years.
Think of the Children!
1. These are public schools, they should be providing internet access. Most have agreements with cable companies that went along with the franchise for the town or city.
2. Wimax is slow, OK its better then EVDO, but in its current form, is way behind LTE, even Sprints LTE in its not Spark Zones.