A perfect reason why Municipality is a VERY bad thing.
The top contender bidders were large super companies willing to spend lots of money, in exchange for the marketing benefit. Basically publuc Ride of ways, that Small independent WISPs have had to fight tooth and nail to gain access to will just be handed over to the winner. Unrealistic goals have been represented on what benefits the consumer will be able to obtain. Basically the network will end up being a low grade commodity network, because it is being design to serve the masses at to low a cost, that the technology can't realistically support. The users will then have SPAM and advertising forced upon them against their will. New players will not be able to enter the market effectively, because of the subsidized competition of the municiplaity supported venture. Consumers perception of what a fair price should be, will be set/branded to low, making provider that offer a higher reasonable price based on what it costs to deliver broadband, to be viewed as a rip off company, destroying the ability for an ISP to offer a quality service for a fair price and gain market share. Then the MESH node, which I can almost guarantee will be 400mw-1w Omnis at MAX EIRP will flood the city with Noise destroying the spectrum for the general public and Fixed Wireless providers attempting to offer quality. Basically, its taking a very valuable and short in supply product (spectrum) and wasting it on wide scale commodity deployment instead of using a technology better for that, such as Cable that could be supplied in infinate supply. At least if the left unclicenced spectrum to independent providers, a select number of consumers would have the choice to purchase a higher level of service from them.
These decissions brinf tears to my eyes because it strengthens three principles.
1> That low price is more important than Quality of service.
2> The big players with money win, regardless of whether they have the best plan or the best experience. For example, for a very technical project, they chose a marketing company.
3> That a provider can feed a municipality a boat load full of unrealistic expectations and non-efficient spectral design and win, by buying the agreement.
I see a history of government that makes decissions based on being bought. For example, Microsoft gets off the hook for trust court battles, as soon as Microsoft agrees to donate a bunch of free computers to schools. My point is that government has a responsibility to the voters adn tax payers, so their decissions are not always based on what is right, wrong, or best for competition or the industry. Judgement is scewed by their responsibilities to the tax payer.
A decission that will look good in the public eye, isn't always the best solution.
Thats why its best for open market competition to make these decissions and not the governement.
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband
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