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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

June 13, 2007 at 2:33 PM

Clearwire’s D.C. appearance

Clearwire CEO Ben Wolff addressed one of the largest crowds ever at the Wireless Communications Association’s annual Washington D.C. convention today.

He said in a phone call following his speech that from his recollection it was one of the most well-attended WCA conference ever. About 1,200 people registered and he said 20 to 30 percent more were expected to walk in.

Wolff said he drew a lot of parallels in his keynote speech between what Clearwire is doing for the WiMax industry and what McCaw Cellular Communications did for the cellular industry in 1987 when it went public.

“When you look at how many subscribers they had and how many people their spectrum covered, and what analysts were saying back then, there are some interesting similarities,” he said. “We are doing for the Internet what cellular did for voice.”

Wireless Week wrote about the speech, reporting that Wolff said that of Clearwire’s customers, 40 percent came from cable, 29 percent were coming from DSL and 27 percent from dial-up. The numbers add up to more than 100 percent, he said, because some customers subscribe to more than one type of broadband access.

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