Wow!  That is a very generous contribution / offer.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jon Price" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'WISPA General List'" <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 3:40 PM
Subject: RE: [WISPA] Funding help - The Challenge

In addition to what's below, fwiw:

1) I'd like to challenge and/or incent any supplier to send gear to Mac in
return for anything I can provide in equal value of exposure or additional
support during the show... space, ads, whatever makes sense to get that
pallet of equipment off the dock on the road to NOLA.

I've been talking to a few of the more conspicuously absent names for that
donation list about this already, but haven't had any firm takers so far. If you are on the fence about doing something, lmk and we'll find a way to make it worthwhile to ship out whatever you have that Mac needs and can get into
the field ASAP.

2) If anyone sends Mac / Churchofthe.Net / WISPA a donation of $350 or more,
I'll comp you a pass for our full conference if you haven't signed up yet.
After you get your receipt from Mac, just send me an email and we'll sort it

3) If you don't have the $350 to kick in, but are on the fence about
pitching in from afar or just going there to help for even a few solid
hours, same difference. Send me an email afterwards and we'll work it out,
but either way just do something NOW.

btw, a few weeks back someone here was talking about having a WISPA meeting
in a field with tents and jetskis. Well, now's your chance, gang.:)



Jon Price
Managing Dir, ISPCON
CEO, The Golden Group, Inc.
P: 720.221.7225 F: 720.221.7477
Inside ISPCON Blog:

-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of John Scrivner
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 11:05 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: [WISPA] Funding help - The Challenge

I am coming down your way Mac. Expect me Thursday late or more likely
Friday. I will either come with Rick Harnish or load a trailer of my own and
bring it your way. Either way I am coming to help any way I can for a few

For those of you who want to help, "cash" is the word of the day. Get Mac
some money. He won't tell you this but I know he has spent several thousand of his own money running this deal. It is time for all of you to help. Go to and you can send through the Churchofthe.Net 501c3
there if you need the tax write-off or is only way your company can help.
Send it directly to Mac's Paypal if the tax credit is not required. His
email for paypal is  [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Jon Price of ISPCON has sent us $2000 to help. That is a challenge I think.
If any of the rest of you have done well in this business and have it to
spare then please send Mac's group some cash. Last I heard he needs lots of
Cat 5 also. So let's get it together guys. Mac and many others down south
are working to help these folks. Let's help them. They need food and water
too. We need to get them money to operate and to live. Until Uncle Sam steps
in (maybe never) then we will have to do whatever we can to help with what
we can put together ourselves.

Here is the challenge to all. I want Mac to have $10K to work with before
Monday morning. Get to work! Get him some cash!
Thanks guys,

Mac Dearman wrote:


  I will shoot you the info to get you base camp, but our sleeping
arrangements are less than desireable and we have men sleeping
everywhere so come prepared for whatever.  I also am going to have
another changing out of crew and may be in need of some more
volunteers by the weekend. If any of you are interested in DONATING
YOUR TIME & GAS please shoot me an email off list stating your
abilities using the KISS method ( keep it simple stupid)

  I can not have anyone and everyone just roll into camp. If you do
not have authorization from me - - do not come. I have experienced
this and allowed a couple guys into camp because they came from so
far.I am trying to keep us at a maneagble and efficeient level and not
overwhelm the Camel we are riding. We are now EOC certified and have
badges to wear around our necks for identification. We have a FULL
PASS permit given to us by EOC Mississippi. We had a group of men roll
back into camp this morning that was at the farm for a week and then
they went home to take care of some business and are back!!!


Rick Harnish wrote:


I plan on pulling out of Indiana, tomorrow afternoon.  Tell me what
else I
can bring.  I have over 100 computer monitors and 30 computers, oh
and 10
pallets of pretzels :)  Will probably run through Mount Vernon, IL
and try
to drag Scriv along.  I will need directions to where I need to go.
I will
be heading back on Monday but I'm yours for the weekend.

Rick Harnish
OnlyInternet Broadband & Wireless, Inc.
260-827-2482 Office
260-307-4000 Cell
260-918-4340 VoIP

-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of Mac Dearman
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 11:08 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Funding help


I appreciate you more than you as these guys are looking to me for
their next meal and I will do whatever I can do to keep them in gas and
food. This has been a TRUE grass rootd campaign right down to the CAT5
cable. We have all used our own stock of goods and we have gotten no
help from anywhere short of a few donations that totaled about
$2000.00 .

  If you send your donation to my paypal account we will have use of
those funds now. Then I can make a call and tell the boys not to use
my/their credit card to buy the metal (angle iron...etc) with personal
money - - - -- - come get my PayPal card.


Cliff wrote:

I've donated equipment to JohnnyO's effort.
Where to you want me to send $1,000 to for your's?

Cliff - Work

-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of Mac Dearman
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 10:15 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: [WISPA] response to Pulver Blog & Funding help


 I really have a lot to say on this very subject, but I have too many
other things going on - - - like path calcs and getting the right gear
for the job and about 24 men to pat on the back and a personal hug for
each of them everyday as I see them. Make no mistake about it - - - - -
- these men are the unsung heroes!!

Funding? FUNDING?
    3 men from this list is all that have donated  and short of that
there has been no funding!! Macs Farm fed and watered every night thus
far except last night as we are in Ponchatula, Louisiana and 3
nights my
brothers and sisters came over and cooked to give Sharon a break as she
has washed clothes, cooked, mopped the floors everyday, answered the
phones, ran Maximum Access, ran Dixie Lift truck services and then made
sure she had what she needed for the next day.

Damn, I guess we will all be under a shelter next looking for a
meal. I was wondering if there are no funding available to help
these fine men

and myself? How about some kind of fund raising?

We are buying angle iron & cinder blocks this morning and all that
it takes to build a heavy non penetrating roof mount to place atop
of a University Library. This is being built by my team and you
wouldnt believe the talents and abilities here. We have a mobile lab
and a mobile shop that is amazing. Truthfully - - - - - there has
been a divine hand guiding this whole thing and it is more than
evident in my eyes.

Mac Dearman

Carl A Jeptha wrote:

My apologies if I upset anybody, but this is what I commented on
the above Blog, I am tired of all the bullshit.  I am angry that I
cannot be there to help these guys with what they are doing, so
Mac, Johnny and Company remember there is another side to this -
being frustrated because you cannot lift a hand to help.
"Gentlemen and Ladies,
May I draw your attention to a group of WISP (Wireless Internet
Service Providers) who before an "disaster" was declared was
already delivering "communications" to shelters. When "only 40
people" had died from Katrina, they were on the ground and knew the
tally would be

in the thousands, they knew New Orleans would not be spared. These are

the men and women who were on the ground running before FEMA and
the President was properly briefed. They were the ones, with
from other WISP's and related services who started the first

communications. Don't be fooled by the "BIG GUYS" PR Dept. because
they were a full week or more behind these WISPS, but we don't have
a PR dept. who only sees this as a marketing opportunity.
Please visit the site of these wisps - <a
href="";></a> and

our parent org. <a


Please note I find it very distressing to see these unsung heroes
not been mentioned.
These people have been working eighteen hour days, using their own
resources to deliver these communication services."

So guys just keep your heads high and know that where ever I see
you not being recognized, I will pipe up in my normal abrasive rude
self and tell the true story. For those of  you like me who cannot
help, I believe this is the way we can do it. Call your local
radio/tv station

and newspaper and make them tell Mac, Johnny and Company's true story.

Ok I feel better now :-[

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