For all competitive service providers, or other businesses offering
related products and or services, and their customers.
Tomorrow, or very soon thereafter, we will see the FCC deregulate Open
Access. What does this mean and what should you do?
While the answers are not clear on what the new terms and conditions for
access (if any) will mean to thousands of ISP's we do know that this
does not bode well for the future of our industry. While the argument
on the Hill has been that this will create greater competition, any
first grader who can count apples and oranges will recognize that when
you take a bunch of them off the table there will be fewer to count and
compete. It defies
logic that the Bells have been able to sell this argument, but I suppose
you say it long and loud enough it mysteriously becomes a truth.
First, brace yourself for it is going to be a rough and bumpy ride.
while it will not change the immediate outcome, it is contingent upon us
mobilize and send a message to the FCC that we are watching and are
organizing our industry, business and consumers in opposition.
As soon as you read this message take a moment to send word to each of
FCC Commissioners about your concerns and the consequences to your
and that the ultimate impact of deregulation will be bad for America,
business, consumers and our economy. It would also be a good idea to
your congressional representatives office when you send the message.
can find congressional contact information in the WBIA Legislative
Center at http://capwiz.com/wbia/home/.
For your convenience we have provided the Email address for each of the
Commissioners and a sample letter which you are welcome to use in
your own message. Edit accordingly to give out to your customers.
For posting a letter (not comment) on the FCC Electronic Comment Filing
System, do one post each of the following dockets: 04-29, 04-416, 04-440
and 04-405. Copy, paste and edit the below sample letter, edit to your
liking and submit a PDF or Word .doc.
Make sure they know who you are and use company letter head. Create
for your customers and or have them sign off on a petition and list all
those separately on the letters and ECFS uploaded lists.
Chairman Kevin Martin - [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Commissioner Michael Copps - [EMAIL PROTECTED] Commissioner Jonathan
Adelstein - [EMAIL PROTECTED] Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy -
Dear Chairman or Commissioner _________;
We are an ISP, CLEC, or whatever in City_______, State_____ and serve
#'s______ of customers. Deregulation will harm our business and the
to provide competitive services to our customers. Consumers need and
deserve the choice they enjoy today and deregulation will take away
their right to choose providers and services.
President Bush signed Executive Order 13272 on August 13, 2002 requiring
federal agencies to implement policies protecting small entities when
writing new rules and regulations. President Bush' Small Business
Agenda states that every new business starts with an idea for a better
product or process, which has been the driving force of Internet
innovation we enjoy today.
These ideas become reality only when confident entrepreneurs are willing
take economic risks and ISP's have gallantly taken this risk. Small
businesses are the heart of the American economy because they drive
innovation - new firms are established on the very premise that they can
a better job and recognize that a one-size-fits all approach is not good
business and innovation.
A few legacy carriers cannot continue to benefit from valuable
government grants and licenses, including the use of public
rights-of-way, and be allowed to extend those rights in a way that bars
others from offering their service to the public.
President Bush has called for recognition that supporting America's
small businesses is critical to ensuring continued job creation. Today,
small businesses create two-thirds of new private sector jobs in
America, employ more than half of all workers, and account for more than
half of the output
of our economy.
The FCC has been entrusted with protecting consumers, encouraging
development, and ensuring that competition is allowed to develop, rather
than being quashed by a deregulated monopoly. Already, we are seeing
Bells move to increase prices, and without regulation, small business
be harmed, thousands of ISP's will be forced out business,
workers will lose their jobs and consumers will lose the choice of
for broadband services and support.
Deregulation will be bad for America and we encourage to reconsider
deregulating open access.
Cynthia H. de Lorenzi
Washington Bureau for ISP Advocacy (WBIA)
Co-founder - Washington Bureau for ISP Advocacy - WBIA Telecom Summit
Ad Hoc Committee
"We believe that all Americans are entitled to freedom of choice and
that true competition is unbiased of its provider network. That we be
allowed access to those networks to give all Americans their right to
choose any mix of service or services they choose."
"We recognize that laws and policies must maintain equal, fair and
nondiscriminatory access for all providers and that such laws and
policies be upheld."