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April 2, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Free Clearwire 4G for Valley developers, what about Seattle?

To drum up enthusiasm for its 4G Clear service, Clearwire today announced a developer program that will provide a year of free access to a special network for software developers in Silicon Valley.

The idea is to give developers “a head start” on the service that Clearwire will launch next year in the Bay Area. It

By the end of the summer, the “WiMax Innovation Network” will cover 20 miles, including the campuses of Cisco and Clearwire backers Intel and Google and a university in the area.

What about developers in Clearwire’s hometown?

A spokeswoman said the Seattle area could get a similar developer program if the one in Silicon Valley works out, although Seattle doesn’t need as much of a head start since it’s getting Clear service later this year.

“Seattle has a significant amount of developer talent and we look forward to working with them in the future. However, given the location of our active development partners (Google, Cisco, Intel, the university), the development support resources, and the coming availability of our commercial network in Seattle, Silicon Valley felt right as the place to launch the beta network and the developer program,” spokeswoman Susan Johnston said. “We encourage open development of devices and applications for WiMax and, if successful, we could see an expansion of the program to Seattle.”

Tricia Duryee has more from Clearwire’s CTIA keynote here.

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