One thing that everyone here seems to be missing is that this will effect you. As SBC and AT&T merge and Sprint and Nextel and Verizon and MCI this create 3 companies that will control a vast majority of the services offered. And they won't have to share. This will give the three control of the majority of the internet feeds in the US today, both residential and commercial as well as all cell communications. Where do you get you internet feed from? Personally I have two, one is controlled by Sprint and the other by MCI (soon to be Verizon). Regardless who bills you, somewhere in the stream one of these players has say in your business. Can you compete with the telcos offering DSL at $30? Right now you can sure try, but what if your upstream T-1 cost $3000 a month. Could you compete then? If Cable and DSL are classified as Information Services and unregulated then T-1 access will soon follow. I agree that owning the last mile is a good thing but it will make no difference if you have no access to the first mile. The BBS operator thought they would always have a market at one time. They soon came to realize that if they were not connected to the rest of the world then they could not survive and many didn't.
Look at what's happening today. We already have instances of the cable companies blocking VoIP traffic from other providers. If this is unregulated then the VoIP market might just disappear. What happens if the Bells decide that they want to block any web or e-mail requests that they want and your name isn't on the good list. How many customers will you have if they can only send messages to half the internet? These are just things to think about as the Internet becomes controlled by the monopolies. How will your company stay alive in the changing would of tomorrow?? Jory Privett WCCS ----- Original Message ----- From: "Marlon K. Schafer (509) 982-2181" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: "WISPA General List" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 2:56 PM Subject: Re: [WISPA] FCC Ruling I don't think the FCC has much choice in the matter. The Supreme Court has ruled that they can't force the unbundled elements issue. Marlon (509) 982-2181 Equipment sales (408) 907-6910 (Vonage) Consulting services 42846865 (icq) And I run my own wisp! 126.96.36.199 (net meeting) www.odessaoffice.com/wireless www.odessaoffice.com/marlon/cam ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jory Privett" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: "WISPA General List" <email@example.com> Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 12:18 PM Subject: [WISPA] FCC Ruling >I know this is not exactly WISP business but since many of us are > multipurpose ISPs on this list I thought this would be of importance. > Beside, if the Bells get their way here who's to say that they won't go > after the airwaves so that their cell divisions have the only access. > > Please check out this link and make a comment to the FCC on what think. > http://www.ii4a.org/fcc.htm > > Also this group has created some formal letters and made them available > for > anyone to use. They can be found at http://www.ii4a.org/letters/ Please > pick one, modify it with your name and letterhead and send it to anyone > that > might have an interest. This could be the FCC, your congressman, your > state > representative, or even the local media in your area. > > Please forward this to your customers. The more people we can get active > in > this fight the better chance we have in making our voice heard. > > Jory Privett > WCCS > > > -- > WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org > > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: > http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless > > Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ -- WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ -- WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/