Re: [WISPA] Fw: NAF comments on NTIA converter box subsidy program

2006-09-25 Thread Tom DeReggi



Excellent points Marlon. I support your 
view.

Tom DeReggiRapidDSL  Wireless, IncIntAirNet- Fixed Wireless 
Broadband



  - Original Message - 
  From: 
  Marlon K. 
  Schafer (509) 982-2181 
  To: FCC Discussion 
  Cc: WISPA General List 
  Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 2:14 
  PM
  Subject: [WISPA] Fw: NAF comments on NTIA 
  converter box subsidy program
  
  Hi All,
  
  I got this right before walking out of the office 
  today. And it's due by 5 pm eastern.
  
  I talked to Jim S. on the phone and told him that 
  he can put WISPA down as a supporter. I'll try to file some reply 
  comments tomorrow.
  
  Here's the Reader's Digest version I got from Jim 
  on the phone. The DTV transition has to happen by 2009. There's 1 
  BILLION $ out there for set top converters for people that still have analog 
  TVs. The issue is, how good do the receivers in the converters have to 
  be? The New America Foundation has written up a case for good receivers 
  as a requirement rather than ones that would, by default, screw up the white 
  spaces issue.
  
  So WISPA is officially onboard with the attached 
  doc from New America.
  
  If anyone has any additional thoughts they need 
  to be talked out today so I can file something for us tomorrow. Unless 
  someone else wants to take this ball and run with it
  
  Here are MY thoughts. For those that 
  remember the Cirrus radio debate, I see this as the same thing. For 
  those that don't remember, the short version is that Cirrus wanted the FCC to 
  shut down about half of the 2.4 gig band due to interference with their 2.3 
  gig sat radio service. The FCC told them that it was their own fault 
  that they build such crappy receivers.
  
  I think we should file comments reminding 
  thepeople of this and extol the virtue of taking this opportunity to 
  free up some currently wasted spectrum for the greater public 
  good.
  
  laters,
  Marlon(509) 
  982-2181 
  Equipment sales(408) 907-6910 
  (Vonage) 
  Consulting services42846865 
  (icq) 
  And I run my own wisp!64.146.146.12 (net meeting)www.odessaoffice.com/wirelesswww.odessaoffice.com/marlon/cam
  
  
  - Original Message - 
  From: Jim Snider 
  
  To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; Wendy Wigen ; 
  Brian O'Hara ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; 
  [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
  
  Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 10:38 AM
  Subject: NAF comments on NTIA converter box subsidy 
  program
  
  
  
  Dear colleagues:
  
  I am asking you to sign on to the attached NAF et al. 
  comments in the NTIA’s DTV converter box NPRM. Comments are due at 5pm 
  today. New America's Naveen Lakshmipathy is 
  coordinating the sign on effort.
  
  For close to a generation telecom policy analysts have 
  argued that the TV broadcast band was extremely inefficiently utilized and 
  that parts of it should be reallocated for more efficient uses. Congress 
  and the FCC have engaged in two sets of activities to minimize the opportunity 
  cost of this inefficient use. First, the FCC has introduced a Notice of 
  Proposed Rulemaking—and the Senate Commerce Committee has passed legislation 
  to require the FCC to complete this Rulemaking—opening up the white spaces 
  between TV channels 2 and 51 for unlicensed use. Second, Congress has 
  required that TV broadcasters return 108 MHz of spectrum, TV channels 52 to 
  69, at the end of the digital TV transition, which must be complete by 
  February 18, 2009. 
  
  This NPRM has a direct bearing on both of these 
  goals. First, the quality of the converter boxes it mandates affects the 
  utility of the whites spaces within TV channels 2-51. Second, the design 
  of the of the converter box subsidy it mandates will affect whether those 
  currently dependent on analog TV sets can transition to digital TV with minimal disruption, the 
  raison d'etre for the converter 
  box subsidy and a goal Congress has deemed essential for 
  completing the return of TV channels 52-69. 

  
  This set of comments argues that 1) the NTIA should 
  ensure that the converter boxes have high quality receivers so white space 
  spectrum is not wasted, and 2) the NTIA should make it as easy as possible for 
  consumers to acquire and redeem the converter box 
  coupons.
  
  --Jim 
  Snider
  
  
  J.H. Snider, Ph.D.Research 
  Director, Wireless Future ProgramNew America 
  Foundation 1630 Connecticut Ave., 
  NW Washington, DC 20009 
  Phone: 202/986-2700 
  Fax: 202/986-3696 
  Web: www.newamerica.net 
  E-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]My Book Website:speaksoftly.jhsnider.netMy 
  Personal Blogs: jhsnider.net/telecompolicy, jhsnider.net/citizensassembly
  
  
  
  

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Re: [WISPA] Fw: NAF comments on NTIA converter box subsidy program

2006-09-25 Thread Ron Wallace
I agree with Marlon and Tom - I support Marlon in this and will assist as you request.
Ron Wallace Hahnron, Inc. 220 S. Jackson Dt. Addison, MI 49220 Phone: (517)547-8410 Mobile: (517)605-4542 e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [EMAIL PROTECTED]

-Original Message-From: Tom DeReggi [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 03:32 PMTo: 'WISPA General List'Subject: Re: [WISPA] Fw: NAF comments on NTIA converter box subsidy program
Excellent points Marlon. I support your view.

Tom DeReggiRapidDSL  Wireless, IncIntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband



- Original Message - 
From: Marlon K. Schafer (509) 982-2181 
To: FCC Discussion 
Cc: WISPA General List 
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 2:14 PM
Subject: [WISPA] Fw: NAF comments on NTIA converter box subsidy program

Hi All,

I got this right before walking out of the office today. And it's due by 5 pm eastern.

I talked to Jim S. on the phone and told him that he can put WISPA down as a supporter. I'll try to file some reply comments tomorrow.

Here's the Reader's Digest version I got from Jim on the phone. The DTV transition has to happen by 2009. There's 1 BILLION $ out there for set top converters for people that still have analog TVs. The issue is, how good do the receivers in the converters have to be? The New America Foundation has written up a case for good receivers as a requirement rather than ones that would, by default, screw up the white spaces issue.

So WISPA is officially onboard with the attached doc from New America.

If anyone has any additional thoughts they need to be talked out today so I can file something for us tomorrow. Unless someone else wants to take this ball and run with it

Here are MY thoughts. For those that remember the Cirrus radio debate, I see this as the same thing. For those that don't remember, the short version is that Cirrus wanted the FCC to shut down about half of the 2.4 gig band due to interference with their 2.3 gig sat radio service. The FCC told them that it was their own fault that they build such crappy receivers.

I think we should file comments reminding thepeople of this and extol the virtue of taking this opportunity to free up some currently wasted spectrum for the greater public good.

laters,
Marlon(509) 982-2181 Equipment sales(408) 907-6910 (Vonage) Consulting services42846865 (icq) And I run my own wisp!64.146.146.12 (net meeting)www.odessaoffice.com/wirelesswww.odessaoffice.com/marlon/cam


- Original Message -
From: Jim Snider 
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; Wendy Wigen ; Brian O'Hara ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 10:38 AM
Subject: NAF comments on NTIA converter box subsidy program



Dear colleagues:

I am asking you to sign on to the attached NAF et al. comments in the NTIA’s DTV converter box NPRM. Comments are due at 5pm today. New America's Naveen Lakshmipathy is coordinating the sign on effort.

For close to a generation telecom policy analysts have argued that the TV broadcast band was extremely inefficiently utilized and that parts of it should be reallocated for more efficient uses. Congress and the FCC have engaged in two sets of activities to minimize the opportunity cost of this inefficient use. First, the FCC has introduced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking—and the Senate Commerce Committee has passed legislation to require the FCC to complete this Rulemaking—opening up the white spaces between TV channels 2 and 51 for unlicensed use. Second, Congress has required that TV broadcasters return 108 MHz of spectrum, TV channels 52 to 69, at the end of the digital TV transition, which must be complete by February 18, 2009. 

This NPRM has a direct bearing on both of these goals. First, the quality of the converter boxes it mandates affects the utility of the whites spaces within TV channels 2-51. Second, the design of the of the converter box subsidy it mandates will affect whether those currently dependent on analog TV sets can transition to digital TV with minimal disruption, the raison d'etre for the converter box subsidy and a goal Congress has deemed essential for completing the return of TV channels 52-69. 

This set of comments argues that 1) the NTIA should ensure that the converter boxes have high quality receivers so white space spectrum is not wasted, and 2) the NTIA should make it as easy as possible for consumers to acquire and redeem the converter box coupons.

--Jim Snider


J.H. Snider, Ph.D.Research Director, Wireless Future ProgramNew America Foundation 1630 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202/986-2700 Fax: 202/986-3696 Web: www.newamerica.net E-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]My Book Website:speaksoftly.jhsnider.netMy Personal Blogs: jhsnider.net/telecompolicy, jhsnider.net/citizensassembly





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