I see you have made your introduction K. :-) I think you guys will
find this lady's enthusiasm toward policy change to be no less than
revolutionary. She has an eye toward a complete rework of the FCC (as in
destroy it and rebuild governance of spectrum and policy from the ground
up) to allow for more progressive spectrum and related policy. I have
explained that we are all still attempting a more standard approach to
working within the framework of our existing system a little longer
before we are ready to start burning the FCC at the stake. While there
would be a certain pleasure in seeing the system rebuilt from scratch it
would be of little use if it ended up being rebuilt by people who do not
care about our needs as an industry. At least some policy bodes well for
us now or we would not even be talking here today.
One thing K definitely drives home is a need by our industry to
intelligently tell our story and allow for scientific studies and other
varied resources to back up our claims. We need support like this. We
live in a time where the NAB is creating video propaganda saying
unlicensed use of television channels will make grandma's TV stop
working. I am not exaggerating. We need some powerful varied input from
operators, manufacturers, scientists, universities, related
organizations like New America, Part-15 and Media Access, etc. We all
have common goals here regarding the need of good quality lower
frequency spectrum like unused television channels. We do not want to
see the communications status quo of this country destroy innovation and
growth of our potential uses for technology, specifically unlicensed
wireless broadband in our case, within the United States.
Our industry is one of the last havens for telecommunications innovation
that is not tied directly to the RBOCs in this country. We represent the
only way for middle class America to own and operate broadband in this
country. All the other options require millions to get in the game. We
had all better think very hard about what is required of us to stop the
erosion of all we have worked for in the last couple of years. With
stalled rulings in 3650 and unused television channels it seems obvious
that the FCC has an agenda that does include us currently. Indeed I
believe we are in a time where RBOCs and other mega-sized interests hold
the power within the FCC.
Why do I say this? Well K made something blatantly clear to me. The FCC
may be in transition and one could argue they are acting slowly on
policy change to gauge the new direction but we did not see any delay
from our new FCC when it came to snubbing VOIP with a demand that they
have 911 right away. It should not be ignored that the cellular industry
was given decades to meet this criteria without demands of compliance
while the fledgling VOIP industry has a heavy-handed demand placed on it
before the industry even has legs. <sarcasm>I am sure Pulver is just
tickled to death </sarcasm>. We need him on this list. Does anyone know
him very well? I have met him and I know we are a part of his "tribe".
So K why don't you take a little time to read what you see here and let
us know how we can better tell our story or at least do a better job of
getting you the raw data you would need to help us get the spectrum we
so desperately need to serve America. Those television channels would be
a revolution for us. We need at least part of those channels to
completely change the face of wireless broadband in this country. We can
make it happen. The tools are out there ready to go. We just need the
permission from the FCC to jump off the starting line. I thank you K for
trying to use your skills to help us all see this goal realized.
k claffy wrote:
[not reading this list regularly, but tom hit a nerve]:
tom et al
caida (www.caida.org) is an internet data analysis/research organization
whose mission includes informing public policy, aimed toward improving
policy 'toward congruence' with our best empirical (scientifically grounded)
understanding of the relevant technological issues/constraints/parameters.
i am no expert on spectrum policy, but afaict the difference between
having huge effect and having no effect is sufficiently formalized
reporting/analysis of Real World Operational Experiences (this means
you), written in way that will convey to scientists (this means me), as
well as to the public, what happens when technology gets deployed in
reality. one underutilized option is collaborating with university
researchers to quantitatively document (1) potential deliverables under
various regulatory scenaraios (2) successes and failures under existing
caida Really wants to help support forward motion here, but we are
desperately lacking hard data. emergency situations are obviously not
the time to talk about research, but i want to make it clear that if you
still don't have what you want by the time this emergency is over, please
don't underestimate the value of hard data and careful articulation
of the experiences you have had, so that scientists can come in and help
compile them into comprehensive and unassailable demonstrations to their
funding agencies of why change is essential.
i believe the right kind of analyses/reporting could reduce the
length of this fight from 10 years to 2. (ok, maybe 20 to 4...)
but the research community and the deployment communities are going
to have to [find time and resources] to work together. we've never
needed eachother more.
On Tue, Sep 27, 2005 at 10:18:55PM -0400, Tom DeReggi wrote:
"Auction", I hate that evil word.
Really guys, if there is any time to hammer congressional legislators and
Home land security personelle, NOW is the time. Before our precious
spectrum is auctioned off to the special interets. Auctioning off 700Mhz
to a major IELC could be the death of independent rural WISPs.
I got an idea, why don't they give the FULL 700Mhz to the 700 ISPs, spread
out decentrally across the country, and in trade all 7000 WISPs will give
FREE access / priority access to public safety officials as needed.
(except public safety buy's their own CPEs). Instantly the staff of 7000
ISPs across the country available for disaster relief. it would be like the
Navy reserves but instead the WISP reserves.
Basically anyone that is granted a non-exclusive license of 700Mhz must
first register as a volunteer emergency communications AID, and conform to
guidelines for documenting configuration criteria for the public safety
workers. Why not AVOID the whole expendature althogeather for the
governement, and still accomplish public safety, when WISP can already
donate the service? Better yet, why not jsut grant the public safety
budget to WISPs to expand their network, to accommodate public safety
needs. Lets see the RUS grant get substituted with the Public safety grant.
But auction? I don't see how that could benefit anyone. Communications is
a necessary utility, not a luxury to auction off for a special interest.
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband
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Subject: [WISPA] Martin's call for more radio frequency spectrum
>Martin's call for more radio frequency spectrum for emergency responders
>came after Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Conrad Burns (R-Mont.)
>called for Congress to move forward on legislation that would free up
>radio spectrum by requiring television stations to switch from analog to
>digital broadcasts. A move to digital television (DTV) would free up
>spectrum in the upper 700-MHz radio frequency band for commercial and
>public safety uses. The FCC has said it would give 24 MHz of that spectrum
>to public safety users and auction off 60 MHz for commercial uses. /snip
>I got an idea, why don't they just open it up to wisps all across the
>country, let us use ths spectrum for what we are now doing and then in the
>event of another disaster, there will already be gear in place to keep
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