It’s been a tough few days for Seattle area high-tech companies. First, Amazon.com’s EC2 service went down, causing alarm among many startups that rely on AWS. Now, word is that Clearwire — the Kirkland-based mobile broadband company — experienced a failure of its Seattle area network earlier today. The company says that the problem has since been resolved.
Clearwire offered this statement to GeekWire:
Some customers in the Seattle area experienced a temporary degradation in service this morning which lasted several hours. The issue has been resolved and service levels are back to normal.
Clearwire can’t really afford these sorts of problems. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle alleged that the company previously engaged in a scheme to boost revenue by offering poor service to customers in certain areas, thus increasing the likelihood that they would ultimately cancel their subscription plans early.