Mobile Citizen, which provides broadband for education and nonprofits, is reselling Clearwire's mobile WiMAX services in Portland, Las Vegas, Chicago and Philadelphia to offer $10 monthly subscriptions to schools and non-profits.
Mobile Citizen got its start when five nonprofit entities combined to transmit educational video to schools in 11 metro areas in the mid-1980s using spectrum in what is now called the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum frequencies. The Federal Communications Commission also allows extra spectrum in that band to be leased to commercial operators for wireless broadband. So Mobile Citizen has a 30-year excess capacity agreement with a subsidiary of Clearwire, allowing Mobile Citizen to resell WiMAX services exclusively to schools and nonprofits.
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