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A Sprint Network Standoff Could Kill Affordable Internet for Thousands

A new lawsuit is trying to temporarily halt a shutdown of the WiMax network.

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When Sprint retires an aging network early next month, it will effectively be shutting off affordable internet access for thousands of Americans, a lawsuit filed yesterday alleges.

The suit revolves around WiMax, a 4G candidate in competition with LTE. Last year, Sprint announced it would be shuttering its WiMax network in favor of the LTE standard. But tied to WiMax are nonprofits behind two projects, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen. The nonprofits provide affordable broadband access to low-income areas and educational institutions across the country, and they say Sprint has made it impossible to switch to LTE.

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