Massachusetts court orders Sprint to delay shutdown of WiMAX network
US wireless carrier Sprint has received an order from a Massachusetts Superior Court to keep running its WiMAX broadband network. The network is used by non-profit organizations for providing affordable Internet services.
Sprint was planning to shutter the WiMAX network on November 6, after having switched from WiMAX to LTE.
The court order asking Sprint to delay its shutting down of the WiMAX network has come against the backdrop of a complaint by non-profit organizations that Sprint had not given them a chance to complete the transition of their users to the LTE network. The non-profit organizations that filed the complaint against Sprint work through two projects -- Mobile Citizen and Mobile Beacon.
In their lawsuit filed against Sprint on October 14, the non-profit organizations said that Sprint’s previously planned move to shut down the WiMAX network on November 6 would result in the loss of broadband access for nearly 300,000 low-income Americans.
With the plaintiffs also mentioning that the Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen projects together serve a total of 429 schools, 61 libraries and 1,820 nonprofit organizations by providing them broadband access for just $10 per month, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge granted an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction against Sprint’s WiMAX shutdown. The judge said that the "plaintiffs have demonstrated a strong likelihood of success on the merits."
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