Congrats to my former colleagues at Clearwire for FINALLY getting the Wimax JV done with Sprint. Initial indications are that it was worth the wait - it's a full-blown, fully-funded deal that removes a huge measure of risk from Clearwire's business and allows it to roll out nationally. What's more, Clearwire - despite only owning 27% of the new JV -gets to run the whole thing.
You know the cable guys and Google insisted on Clearwire running the show for more reasons than just concern over potential conflicts between Wimax and Sprint's cellular service. One look at Sprint's operational track record over the last couple of years would have been all it took to make that decision.