WiMax 4G operator Clearwire (CLWR) has certainly faces its share of challenges, from raising money to building out a new 4G WiMax network. The company is facing a new lawsuit that accuses the company of false advertising and unfair business practices. The suit claims Clearwire advertised and sold service outside its coverage areas and then charged customers with up to $220 in cancellation fees when they try to cancel service that didn’t live up to Clearwire’s coverage marketing map. The complaint states that while customers couldn't properly get service at a distance greater than 1.7 miles from a tower, Clearwire was still signing up new people who lived with 2.5 miles of a tower.
What I don't understand is why this is any different than AT&T and Verizon claiming coverage when they don't have it? It seems like a smear campaign conspiracy that is being blown out of proportion with secret money from AT&T or Verizon in order to save face. AT&T and Verizon want to crush Wimax so they can promote their new LTE 4G. Why hasn't anyone sued AT&T or Verizon for false advertising? We have thousands of false advertising examples of where AT&T and Verizon claim to have coverage and they don't. Clearwire has one of the most honest coverage maps in the business. Is this just a dirty marketing tactic that Verizon and AT&T have done as smear campaign?