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March 5, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Seattle area getting faster Clearwire later this year

Clearwire’s finally bringing its faster broadband service to its hometown this year.

During the company’s earnings report today, it said Seattle is among the metro areas getting the faster service it now offers in Portland and Baltimore.

A spokeswoman couldn’t provide specific timing but said Seattle will get the service in the second half of 2009.

Clearwire also said – in its amazingly complicated earnings release – that it’s going to launch a dual mode 4G/3G modem this summer. Perhaps that will coincide with the Seattle launch.

Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Las Vegas, Honolulu and Charlotte will also get the service this year. New York, Boston, Houston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., are getting it next year.

Update: The spokeswoman said that’s just a sample; the company expects to cover more than 80 markets by the end of 2010.

Clearwire had sales of $20 million and a net loss of $188 million in the December quarter.

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