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Does Clear even have any rural coverage? I know they don't anywhere near me.

 

They have hundreds of rural Protection Sites.

 

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This is great though. By joining the RCA, it means there is a chance for Clearwire to expand beyond their original LTE deployment and even hit smaller towns, not just what Sprint wants them to do.

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They have hundreds of rural Protection Sites.

 

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I'm not sure what the term Protection Site means. Though now that they are part of the RCA, I think a total buyout of Clear by Sprint is even more imminent.

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I love that Clearwire is joining the RCA. The RCA has gotten strong within the past year with Sprint, Tmobile, Leap, and Clearwire join the association to combat AT&T and Verizon. Lets just hope that Clearwire can benefit from the RCA membership in terms of expanding its coverage at some point in the future after it covers the huge metro markets.

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Honestly the RCA should rename themselves to "Non-Duopoly Cellular Association." I sincerely doubt that MetroPCS, Leap or TMo will make a serious push for rural service any time soon,,,they don't own cellular-band spectrum and have historically stuck to urban/suburban markets for the primary thrust of their expansion.

 

Clear wire joining is even more laughable. Sure, they have deployments live in places like Amarillo...plus the Protection Sites...but their spectrum is too high frequency to offer anything reliably in rural areas without a high-gain (fixed) antenna. Fixed wireless works just fine over that frequency, but mobile...yeah, no.

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Honestly the RCA should rename themselves to "Non-Duopoly Cellular Association."

 

Did you miss that the RCA renamed itself the Competitive Carriers Association several months ago? It is even referenced in the first sentence of this thread.

 

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I'm not sure what the term Protection Site means. Though now that they are part of the RCA' date=' I think a total buyout of Clear by Sprint is even more imminent.[/quote']

 

Here is a pinned topic about Protection Sites:

 

http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/6-what-are-protection-sites/

 

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They have hundreds of rural Protection Sites.

 

Robert - Posted from my E4GT with ICS using Forum Runner

 

Yep. They have some towns covered in BFE where there is no CDMA coverage.

 

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There are a couple towers in BFE Minnesota, right by the base I work at. They are the legacy 3G towers though. Clearwire has left them to rot.

 

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