Clearwire notified the City recently that the company was reprioritizing its plans for additional wireless sites in Portland and has decided to either withdraw or place some site applications on hold for the time being. Specifically, Clearwire has formally notified the Office of Cable Communications & Franchise Management (OCC/FM) of the withdrawal of already-filed wireless applications for the following sites:
- NE 37th and NE Fremont
- SE Yamhill and SE 32nd
- SE 65th and SE Reedway
- N Greeley & Holman (Rosa Parks)
- SE 70th and Flavel
According to information from PGE, Clearwire has withdrawn its application for SE 39th and SE Knapp (& SE Ogden). An application for this site was not filed with the City. Other potential sites, for which applications have not been filed with the City, may also be on hold, but the City does not have written confirmation of those sites.
In the meantime, Clearwire has reaffirmed its commitment to continue to maintain and enhance their 4G wireless service in the Portland area through existing, active Clearwire sites but does not yet have a definite timeline for its additional build out at locations not yet applied for or built in the Portland area. At this point, Clearwire has not yet announced any definite timeline for moving forward on existing permitted but unbuilt locations and has elected instead to withdraw its permit requests (which have a limited duration).
The Office of Cable Communications and Franchise Management will be happy to keep interested citizens informed as additional information is developed. Email Jennifer Li to ask to receive news as it becomes available.