Just sent mine.

Your Confirmation Number is: '2005929130449 '  


> -----Original Message-----
> Behalf Of John Scrivner
> Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2005 12:01 AM
> To: wireless@wispa.org
> Subject: [WISPA] I need 100% participation RIGHT NOW! This means YOU!
> If you are on other lists please forward this message to every
> unlicensed list you know of so we get 100% of this industry to do this
> PLEASE! This will take about 5 minutes of your time and it may make
> history for our industry.
> The FCC has had an open Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" called 04-186 -
> Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands. They have tried to stall
> this proceeding out because the NAB - National Association of
> Broadcasters does not want anyone to use TV channels but them. In fact
> the NAB has even stooped to putting out propaganda in the form of a
> video docu-drama portrayal of a Grandma who cannot watch TV because the
> evil unlicensed operators were messing up her TV reception with their
> demonic unlicensed broadband operations (ok I embellished a bit).
> Here is the deal. If we lose this fight it is not going to be over a
> lame video showing a grandma losing her TV stations from our efforts. I
> am gonna kick some NAB ass before I let that happen.
> http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/upload_v2.cgi
> A from will appear magically in your web browser. Fill in the blanks
> with your contact information. Use the guide below for specific lines to
> help you with items you may not know how to fill in correctly.
> 1) Where it says "Proceeding" type in 04-186
> 2) For the "Mail Correspondence to" line click on "Name".
> 4) and 5) Leave Blank
> 11) Check "Late Filed" check box.
> 12) Select the drop down for "Statement for the Record"
> The other lines not listed above are things like your name which I will
> assume you guys have covered. :-)
> Then type your comments about why you need those TV channels for
> broadband. Give good reasons and do not argue with the FCC. Just tell
> them why you need the channels. Use good grammar, use correct spelling,
> be as good a writer as you can even if it is only one sentence. I want
> to see 500 comments from the WISP industry on this NPRM over the next 5
> days. Let's bury them in so many comments in support of this NPRM that
> the FCC cannot deny us this ruling.
> Here are some thoughts that may help motivate you to do this right now:
> How would you like to serve up broadband that operates in 100% of the
> proposed theoretical coverage area around your AP with no significant
> line of sight issues? How would you like to use common off the shelf
> cable modem type devices with minor modifications as CPE for these new
> magical APs? Then pay attention and do what I ask right now and do not
> try to micro-manage this effort. Just speak up right now! Today! Not
> tomorrow! We need solidarity on this one. Let's get it right and get the
> message out loud and clear right now.
> Be prepared to hear negative comments about what I am proposing from
> WiMAX interests because they do not support all of what I am asking. We
> are not WiMAX radio builders. We are WISPs and we need TV channels right
> away before Uncle Sam pays billions to the RBOCs to circumvent what we
> are doing. This is the FCC plan if you do not act fast. The 120 day VOIP
> 911 order was a clear message that WISPs are not going to have a level
> playing field in this current FCC administration in many cases. It is
> time for us to demand what we need to build our industry.
> Auctioning off the TV channels is not acceptable to us. The FCC needs to
> hear it many many times if we are to have a chance at this effort. We
> need those TV channels offered up under the FCC 04-186 NPRM. Support it
> and let the FCC know why you support it. Tell them about your people who
> cannot get signal. Tell them about the unacceptable number of towers it
> takes to cover a few blocks in a heavily treed area using higher
> frequencies. Tell them how we could maintain higher density modulation
> schemes without fallback if the signal to noise ratios were more stable
> as we will have with TV channels. Tell them how spectrum is getting
> tight because of the massive growth of wireless broadband in your
> markets and about how unlicensed use of unused television channels will
> help this. Tell them we will prove that Grandma will never lose her TV
> signal with our systems regardless of the NAB "Sky is falling"
> mentality. Tell them this NOW!.
> We are going to get 04-186 passed right now or we are going to force the
> FCC to go ahead and rule against us now while we are the people who
> brought communications online in gulf affected areas. We have the
> highest level of political equity we have ever had and I plan to use it
> while we can. It may well be our only chance to get this spectrum and we
> disparately need THIS SPECTRUM NOW.
> When you submit your FCC "Statement for the Record" you will be the
> proud owner of an official web page confirmation ID which shows you have
> actually made a difference for your industry and you will feel like
> singing "America the Beautiful" while dancing around wearing nothing but
> a flat panel antenna like a fig leaf. You will also have good luck if
> you send a copy of your FCC comment confirmation to the lists to show
> others you have done your part. (Please do not send any photos of
> yourself wearing a flat panel antenna).
> Here is my confirmation:
> *The FCC Acknowledges Receipt of Comments From .
> John Scrivner - Mt. Vernon. Net, Inc.
> .and Thank You for Your Comments*
> * Your Confirmation Number is: * '2005928723564 ' **
> *Date Received:*      *Sep 28 2005 *
> *Docket:*     *04-186 *
> *Number of Files Transmitted: *       *1*
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> macros, passwords, redlining, read-only formatting, a virus or automated
> links to source documents that is not included with your filing.
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> of receipt of this confirmation. For any problems contact the Help Desk
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> Here is my "Statement for the Record":
> The role of telecommunications in the relief efforts after hurricane
> Katrina and Rita were critical and volunteer WISPs were the first
> responders to bring services online in many of the affected areas. There
> was such widespread devastation of critical communications
> infrastructure that many people did not have a means of communications
> at all. WISPs and related technology efforts worked feverishly to help
> bring VOIP telephone service, computers and Internet access to those in
> shelters and even aid workers and FEMA staff. This critical link to
> federal online resources, registration to online search databases and
> phone calls to loved ones, insurance companies, aid agencies and
> government resources helped thousands of people on the road to putting
> their lives back together. This work was done largely as volunteer
> efforts using donated equipment operating in unlicensed frequencies.
> The 04-186 proceeding is important to this story because of one clear
> shortcoming that WISPs have to deal with every single day. WISPs do not
> have adequate spectrum to operate their networks as effectively as they
> could with television channel space. The bandspaces that have been set
> aside for unlicensed use until now have begun a frenzy of activity in
> telecommunications never before matched. Services, products and
> technologies have blossomed from the availability of unlicensed spectrum
> adding billions into the U.S. economy but the bands we have are not
> enough and the ability to penetrate through foliage or other obstruction
> at higher frequencies with lower power make these bands hard to operate
> in as effectively as we could with proper spectrum for broadband
> deployment. The physics of the frequencies making up the over the air
> television bands make them ideal for broadband deployment.
> The end result of the WISP lack of access to usable bands with better
> propagation is that many who could have been served in gulf affected
> areas were not served at all, by anyone. Heavily treed areas or areas
> simply beyond the radio line of sight of the unlicensed bands we use
> made access to those who needed help difficult if not impossible in some
> cases. Sometimes those who were served took longer to get service
> because of the need to run extra equipment to overcome line of sight
> issues which led to delays.
> The story is simple. If WISPs have access to unused unlicensed
> television bands the explosion of broadband alternatives will make
> efforts to bring communications into disaster relief areas a simple
> matter to address. There are thousands of small WISP operators who
> strive to be the broadband operator of choice for their small part of
> the country. These generally middle-class entrepreneur operators thrive
> in any environment, especially rural areas. We had several operators
> involved in the Katrina and Rita affected areas who were local WISP
> operators within the affected area they helped serve. They were some of
> the first people to help bring the telecommunications infrastructure
> back to life. WISPs are a good neighbor to have in disaster situations
> and they need unused television channel space to help.
> Your average WISP operator could easily be thought of as an equivalent
> business to a new millennium family farmer. They just need a little
> ground (spectrum) to grow on. Selling off agricultural ground in large
> chunks to a mere handful of highest bidders instead of supporting the
> thousands of family farmers in the U.S. would be considered a foolish
> path but that is what is being contemplated with the unused television
> spectrum.
> Middle-class backed operations cannot play in the auction game. We do
> not need a telecommunications industry made up of spectrum "haves" and
> "have nots". We need middle class spectrum policy. Making good spectrum
> available to unlicensed broadband operations is a good start and I
> support 04-186 as a step toward a spectrum middle-class that America so
> disparately needs to thrive and become the number one broadband adopting
> country in the world.
> Give WISPs these unused television channels and we will get broadband
> access to every American in two years. I am confident we can accomplish
> this challenge in our industry.
> John Scrivner
> Mt. Vernon. Net, Inc.
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