After getting rejected in Nashua, New Hampshire, wireless internet service provider Clearwire looks to bring high-speed WiMax to Merrimack. Clearwire had planned to put towers at two schools in Nashua as part of its expansion into the Greater Boston market, but plans were pulled in November after the proposal caused complaints from parents.
Towers have been a sore subject recently in Nashua. Along with the two proposed WiMax towers that were rejected, another tower for cell phones is currently under dispute. Issues regarding such towers involve unsightliness, construction costs, and safety.
Clearwire began its WiMax efforts last year after merging with Sprint and has since rolled out the service in major cities such as Portland, Oregon and Atlanta, Georgia. Many smaller cities in Texas and the Pacific Northwest have been added and locations in the Southeast are planned to start up by the end of the year.
On Thursday, the Merrimack Town Council will hold a public hearing to consider the request. Goodman Networks will represent Clearwire and area residents are encouraged to attend to give their feedback on the issue.