Sprint WiMAX Shutdown Delayed For 90 Days Due To Court Orders
Sprint WiMAX shutdown has been delayed due to court orders. The shutdown was scheduled for November 6, 2015. However, nonprofit organizations Mobile Citizens and Mobile Beacon managed to convince the court that their wholesale contracts that they’ve had with Clearwire before Sprint had acquired it in 2013 have been violated.
These nonprofits that are providing service to schools claim that data speeds they have agreed to with Clearwire are significantly reduced since with Sprint. Sprint has already tried to transfer customers of these nonprofits to LTE network but according to organizations, new terms that Sprint has proposed were unreasonable. Therefore, Massachusetts superior court judge ruled the injunction on WiMAX shutdown on Thursday, November 5, for the next 90 days, giving these organizations and Sprint additional time to work migration to Sprint LTE network out.
“The injunction compels Sprint to honor its professed commitment to closing the digital divide. 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.” – said John Schwartz, Mobile Citizen Founder in a statement.
Sprint said to the Re/code that it disagrees with the court’s decision but haven’t said if they will continue with closing down WiMAX network in areas where these two nonprofit organizations do not operate. “We plan to continue to protect our rights in this contract dispute and expect to prevail on the merits. We are reviewing the decision and evaluating our options.”
Hopefully, 90 days will be enough to resolve the issues and to successfully move customers from WiMAX to LTE.