Triangle techies may soon have another choice for high-speed wireless Internet service.
On Wednesday, Time Warner Cable announced it plans to begin offering the new service with Clearwire Corp. this fall in four cities, including Charlotte and Dallas. The companies aren't ready to name the other two, but watch for the Raleigh region to join the list.
Clearwire's "CLEAR" service is a next-generation 4G wireless connection that promises to be faster than what it currently offers in this market.
Local Time Warner spokeswoman Melissa Buscher declined to comment but said that other cities should be announced shortly.
Time Warner is the Triangle's cable-TV provider with more than 800,000 customers from the Raleigh area to the coast. The company is looking for new sources of revenue as subscriber growth has slowed during the recession.
During a conference call to discuss second-quarter earnings, CEO Glenn Britt also said there were signs in the quarter that phone service customers are ditching landlines for cell phones as they try to cut household budgets. Phone service has been one of Time Warner's big growth areas.