Sprint WiMAX shutdown delayed by judge's order2015-11-06 02:54 by Daniela
Tags: Sprint, WiMAX
Sprint has planned to shut down its WiMAX network today, but now it will have to wait for at least 90 more days before doing this. The closure has been put off, because of a court ruling.
A Massachusetts court has ordered that the carrier should keep the network up until a lawsuit brought by nonprofit groups can be resolved. Six nonprofit entities related to Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen filed a lawsuit in October claiming that Sprint would cut broadband service for 300,000 Americans in early November. The nonprofits provide broadband service to over 400 schools, 60 libraries, and 1,800 nonprofit organizations across the country for $10 a month.
"The injunction compels Sprint to honor its professed commitment to closing the digital divide," Mobile Citizen founder John Schwartz said in a statement. "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."
Even though Sprint disagreed with the ruling, it said that would comply with the order to keep its WiMAX network in areas where it could affect Mobile Citizen's and Mobile Beacon's customers.
"We plan to continue to protect our rights in this contract dispute and expect to prevail on the merits," Sprint said in a statement. "We are reviewing the decision and evaluating our options."
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