East Milton Facility to Expand at Santa Rosa Industrial Park
Expansion Makes Clearwire the Largest Single Private Employer in the County
Business and Government Partners Create Economic Development Opportunity in Santa Rosa County
MILTON, Fla., Aug 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR, news, filings), a leading provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the largest 4G network in the country, today announced plans to expand its East Milton customer care call center facility at the Santa Rosa Industrial Park.
"Clearwire is building the largest 4G wireless network in the nation," said Eric Petrosevich, director of customer operations for Clearwire. "The expansion of our call center in East Milton will allow us to better support the needs of our growing customer base. We're excited to provide great service to CLEAR customers around the country, as well as contribute to job creation in our local community."
"This significant growth of Clearwire's operations is a major economic development opportunity in Santa Rosa County, and I applaud all the business and government partners involved in making this expansion happen," said Governor Charlie Crist. "This is welcome news at a time when job creation is of critical importance to Florida's economy."
"This project is a prime example of how progressive the commission is in working with TEAM Santa Rosa to create jobs for citizens in the county. An expansion of this size is a significant opportunity for the Santa Rosa Industrial Park and a huge economic win for East Milton," said Bob Cole, Santa Rosa County Commissioner.
Clearwire provides CLEAR(R) 4G, take-it-with-you internetservice, to businesses and consumers. With CLEAR, anyone can now use the internet at speeds four times faster than 3G* - whether at home, in the office, or on the go - within CLEAR coverage.
Clearwire established the customer call center in Santa Rosa County in 2007 with 20 employees and a projection of creating 300 jobs over a three-year period. The company surpassed this estimate in 2009 by reaching the 500-employee mark.
"Clearwire is a tremendous asset to the County," said Shannon Ogletree, Associate Director of TEAM Santa Rosa Economic Development Council. "This expansion makes Clearwire the largest single private employer in the County."
In addition to the additional jobs in Santa Rosa County, Clearwire also supports a strong commitment to the local communities in which it operates through its 'Connecting With Communities' program. Clearwire has participated in numerous community service projects in the area, the most recent being the revitalization of Bagdad Elementary School. More than 100 Clearwire employees volunteered to reface the façade of the school building, add new landscaping at the entrance, and upgrade the computer classroom.
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Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR), through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of wireless broadband services. Clearwire's 4G network is currently available in areas of the U.S. where approximately 56 million people live and the company plans to continue to expand its 4G coverage. Clearwire's open all-IP network, combined with significant spectrum holdings, provides an unprecedented combination of speed and mobility to deliver next generation broadband access. The company markets its 4G service through its own brand called CLEAR(R) as well as through its wholesale relationships with Sprint, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Strategic investors include Intel Capital, Comcast, Sprint, Google, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. Clearwire is headquartered in Kirkland, Wash. Additional information is available at http://www.clearwire.com.
About TEAM Santa Rosa
TEAM Santa Rosa Economic Development Council, Inc. is Santa Rosa County's central facilitator for attracting, retaining, and expanding industry, as well as for recruiting and retaining employees. Our vision is to create a vibrant, prosperous, and sustainable community of communities where children of today can live, work, and thrive tomorrow.
*Speed claims based on download speeds only. Actual performance may vary and is not guaranteed. CLEAR performance claim is based on average download user speeds achieved during tests performed on the CLEAR commercial network by CLEAR. Other carrier performance based on their advertised claims.
Clearwire, CLEAR and the CLEAR logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Clearwire Communications LLC in the United States and/or other countries. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners.
SOURCE: Clearwire Corporation
TEAM Santa Rosa
Ildi Hosman, 850-712-5041
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