What about the other states not listed, Maryland and Virginia? I guess I got to go look that up myself :-)

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

----- Original Message ----- From: "George" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Subject: Re: [WISPA] We got the FCC's attention...Now it is time to tellCongresswhat you think...RIGHT NOW !!!!!!!! Instructions included in everydetail

I'm a little confused John.

We are supposed to email Frannie our name business location and she's gonna send the letter?
Or we're supposed to print the letter and sign it and send it ourselves?

And we should call our reps and tell their staff member who takes calls for them why we should have unlicensed tv channels for broadband use. Last time I called one of those congressmen, it was one of their staff that talked to me about the issue.

Exactly what channels are we talking here?


John Scrivner wrote:
This is a new request! This is not the same one as last time!

**If you are on other lists regarding unlicensed broadband then please forward this message to every list you know of so we get 100% of this industry to do this PLEASE!**

I recently sent you an e-mail asking you to submit comments to the FCC on the 04-186 - Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands. Over one hundred of you responded! That was step one. Now we NEED to tell CONGRESS that we need this spectrum so we can force the FCC to review your comments!!!! This will take about 10 minutes of your time and we can't drop the ball now -- this is a VERY RARE opportunity for our industry.

Here’s the problem. This proceeding, as you all can see, is a HUGE opportunity for our industry. BUT, the FCC Chairman may never complete the job unless he gets a push from Congress. Congress has a chance next week to do exactly that. We need to make sure they do.

We're working with Free Press, the New America Foundation, Consumers Union and other organizations who are lobbying the Congress to open this spectrum to unlicensed use. Below I've pasted some instructions. But if you need help with the call or more information about how to speak with your Senate staff, you can call Frannie Wellings at Free Press at 202-265-1490 x 21. She is very nice and wants us to win this. Call her for any assistance you may need.

Here is what you can do to help:

1) Email Frannie with your name/company name, city and state served. Her email address is [EMAIL PROTECTED] <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. Just do this right now. She will add your information to the letter located further down the email here. It will go to Congressional committee members who are working on what to do with the digital television transition. This letter should be signed by every WISP in the country. I MEAN EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK OR WHO YOU ARE AFFILIATED WITH! Once again, if you would like to add your name/company/city and state served to the letter, send an e-mail to Frannie Wellings at Free Press. Her address is [EMAIL PROTECTED] <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. If you want to get good spectrum you better just do it right now. DO NOT WAIT TILL TOMORROW. DO IT RIGHT NOW! You can read the contents of the letter inline below.

2) If you are in one of the following states, CALL YOUR SENATOR: This is very important. Your Senator listed below sits on the Committee that can make this all happen. This is not just a small thing guys. Senators really do listen to what their constituents say. If you tell them you need this spectrum this will impact their vote. We need you ALL to do this.

- Below, next to your state/senator, is the name of the staff member you need to speak with and their phone number.

- If you are not in one of the states below and you want to call your Senator anyway to express support for this, contact Frannie and she will give you the name and phone number of the person to call. YOU NEED TO CALL EVEN IF YOUR STATE IS NOT LISTED.

-Talking points you can use are included inline below. Tell them you are a WISP in their state and you need low-frequency unlicensed spectrum to provide Internet access to their constituents. Tell them why you need those TV channels for broadband, just as you did in your comments to the FCC. Give them good reasons and be kind and not argumentative. They might be trying to help you. Tell them why you need the channels. You all managed to produce so many great comments to the FCC, now it's time to tell Congress.

3) Let us know that you've called: When you're done, send a note to Frannie Wellings at Free Press at [EMAIL PROTECTED] <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> and let us know here that you've called and what the staff member said in return. We need to figure out how they will vote. This is very important. Ask them for their vote supporting this effort and let us all know what they said.

*If Your State Is:* *Your Senator Is:* *You Should Call Staff Member:* *At #:* Alaska Ted Stevens (R-AK) Harry Wingo, Christine kurth 202-224-3004
Arkansas     Mark Pryor (D-AR)     Terri Glaze     202-224-2353
Arizona     John McCain (R-AZ)     Lee Carosi     202-224-2235
California     Barbara Boxer (D-CA)     Alex Hoehn-Saric     202-224-3553
Florida     Bill Nelson (D-FL)     Mike Sozan     202-224-5274
Hawaii Daniel Inouye (D-HI) James Assey, Rachel Welch 202-224-3934
Louisiana     David Vitter (R-LA)     Evelyn Fortier     202-224-4623
Maine     Olympia Snowe (R-ME)     Kristin Smith     202-224-5344
Massachusetts     John Kerry (D-MA)     Barry LaSala     202-224-2742
Mississippi     Trent Lott (R-MS)     Beth Spivey     202-224-6253
Montana     Conrad Burns (R-MT)     Steve Miller     202-224-2644
Nebraska     Ben Nelson (D-NE)     Angela Stroschein     202-224-6551
New Jersey     Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)     Doug Mehan     202-224-3224
North Dakota     Byron Dorgan (D-ND)     Daphna Peled     202-224-2551
Oregon     Gordon Smith (R-OR)     Keith Murphy     202-224-3753
Nevada     John Ensign (R-NV)     Michael Sullivan     202-224-6244
New Hampshire     John Sununu (R-NH)     Mike O'Rielly     202-224-2841
South Carolina     Jim DeMint (R-SC)     Hap Rigby     202-224-6121
Texas     Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)     Mark Sanchez     202-224-5922
Virginia     George Allen (R-VA)     Jaime Hjort     202-224-4024
West Virginia     John Rockefeller (D-WV)     James Reid     202-224-6472
Washington     Maria Cantwell (D-WA)     Michael Daum     202-224-3441


Again, 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 and NAB interests because they do not support all of what I am asking. We are not WiMAX radio builders and we are not television broadcasters. 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. Congress, like 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. And in case they've seen that stupid video by the broadcasters, 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 Congress to force the FCC to deal with 04-186. Remind them that 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 should use it while we can. It may well be our only chance to get this spectrum and we desperately NEED THIS SPECTRUM NOW.

Here are the major talking points as addressed by the consolidated group of organizations who are driving this lobbying effort. Please read and understand these points for the phone call. It is important that you speak well for us in D.C. This is your fight to win or lose right now.

Here are some of the talking points for when you call...you should just print all this out and have it in front of you for reference when you call:

*_Action Alert: Contact Senate Commerce Committee Members_*

* *

*Message: Open the Empty Broadcast Channels and White Spaces for Unlicensed Wireless Broadband*

*The Issue:*

Next week, House and Senate Commerce Committees will take up legislation to set in motion the DTV transition. This will set a hard date for the final transition to digital broadcasting, set aside spectrum for public safety communications, and reallocate portions of the broadcast spectrum through auctions. Because this legislation sets policy for use of the most valuable publicly owned spectrum, it is critical that Congress allocate a portion of the spectrum for unlicensed use to facilitate wireless broadband services that will spur technological innovation and allow entrepreneurs to offer competitive, affordable wireless connectivity.

*Primary Goals: *

   * Congress should direct the FCC to finish the work on its
     proceeding to open the empty broadcast channels (white spaces) for
     unlicensed wireless broadband and public safety purposes. The
     white spaces could offer hundreds of megahertz of open spectrum
     for competitive wireless broadband services, especially in rural

   * Congress should set aside a 18 MHz of contiguous spectrum from for
     dedicated unlicensed wireless broadband and public safety purposes.

*Talking Points *

   * The DTV legislation should provide new spectrum for unlicensed use.
   * Unlicensed spectrum currently available has spurred
     entrepreneurship, technological innovation generating billions in
     new business for manufacturers, retailers and providers.
   * Unlicensed spectrum has offered significant consumer benefits by
     fostering affordable wireless broadband services, promising to
     bridge the digital divide.
   * Public safety agencies use unlicensed broadband networks for
     redundant, reliable communications systems for first responders.
   * Today’s unlicensed spectrum bands are not ideal for broadband
     services, and they are crowded with hundreds of consumer devices
     (like cordless phones and baby monitors.)
   * Spectrum in the lower frequencies, such as the broadcast band, is
     optimal for unlicensed wireless services—it allows signals to
     travel long distances through dense objects. This reduces the
     number of transmitters needed, and lowers infrastructure costs
   * Opening up empty broadcast channels will spur efficient use of
     this valuable public spectrum which currently lies fallow.
   * Interference is a non-issue: “smart” unlicensed devices identify
     frequencies in use with “listen-before-talk” technology and jump
     to the next available open channel. No broadcast channel will
     suffer meaningful interference.

Here is the letter we will be sending to the Hill for them to pressure the FCC to pass 04-186. Do you want your name and company name at the bottom of this letter going to Congress? Then you better email your contact info to Frannie RIGHT NOW! Not tomorrow. Not 5 minutes from now. Email your contact info to Frannie [EMAIL PROTECTED] <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> right this minute!

Here is the letter:

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

508 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

Dear Senator,**

The digital television transition legislation now pending markup in the Senate Commerce Committee raises a number of issues of concern to the undersigned groups. While our organizations may focus on different aspects of the DTV transition, on one crucial element of the bill, we speak with one voice: *Any DTV legislation that fails to expand access to unlicensed spectrum does not serve the public interest.*

Access to unlicensed spectrum will ensure that no American is left behind as our technology advances in the 21^st century. It will enable us to bridge the “digital divide” now holding back low-income, minority and rural families. And this access will be a boon to small businesses, offering them state-of-the-art communications systems at reasonable cost. This access also is crucial if we are to build emergency communications systems that work when we need them most, and that do not leave our first responders unprotected.

The DTV transition represents an historic reallocation of valuable public airwaves. This process should be handled holistically with a public policy goal of maximizing the efficient use of public resources for public benefit. Opening the old analog broadcast channels for public safety and wireless broadband communications is a worthy goal. *But it is /essential/ to look also at the empty broadcast channels that will remain in the new DTV bands.* In most rural markets where broadband availability is badly needed, there are more than a dozen empty broadcast channels (in some cases two or three dozen). Using today’s “smart radio” technologies, we can leverage this vast swath of dormant public spectrum to generate local economic development (particularly in areas under-served by broadband) and to enhance our nation’s economic competitiveness.

*Congress should set aside portions of the digital broadcast band and direct the FCC to complete its stalled rulemaking to open unassigned TV channels in each market (TV band “whitespace”) for unlicensed wireless broadband services.* Use of these airwaves via an unlicensed wireless broadband platform would be of enormous benefit to consumers of Internet services, public safety agencies who require redundant channels for reliable data networks, and small businesses that seek low-cost communications to promote job growth.

Securing the public’s right to unlicensed spectrum in the high-penetration frequencies below 700 MHz promises to create a booming marketplace for high-speed, high-capacity broadband. In towns as diverse as Chaska, Minnesota, Coffman Cove, Alaska, Granbury, Texas and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a rapidly growing number of communities are opting to use unlicensed spectrum to facilitate high-speed wireless broadband networks to better serve their residents. Hardware manufacturers, computer software makers, network operators, and Internet service providers all view unlicensed spectrum as a huge economic opportunity.

Unfortunately, the promise of this new technology is stymied by our current spectrum policies. Right now, the best and most innovative uses of the public’s airwaves are restricted to a tiny sliver of our broadcast spectrum (the 2.4 GHz “Wifi” band) that is shared with more than 250 million consumer gadgets—everything from baby monitors and cordless phones to garage door openers. Moreover, the capital cost of deploying wireless broadband networks is roughly three times higher at 2.4 GHz than below 1 GHz; battery life for mobile devices is shorter; and quality of service (particularly indoor coverage) is considerably worse.

It is imperative that the American people benefit from using the public airwaves in specific, concrete ways. The DTV bill may be the Senate’s best opportunity to promote affordable broadband nationwide and close the growing gap between the U.S. and our international competitors. The ITU reports the U.S. has fallen from 3^rd to 16^th in the world in broadband subscribers in the last few years. We remain among the worst performers in the industrialized world in terms of bit-speeds per dollar paid by the consumer for monthly service. This gap is both unacceptable and unsustainable for our long-term global competitiveness.

This bill offers the Senate two ways to secure spectrum for an unlicensed communications marketplace. First, and most imperatively, Congress should direct the FCC to complete its work on rules that would free up the “white space” between TV channels that now lies fallow and wasted, and open it up for non-interfering unlicensed use. FCC Chairman Michael Powell left before this proposed rulemaking (FCC docket 04-186) could be completed. It is clear that the Commission needs to know that Congress wants the wasted spectrum below Channel 52 reallocated for broadband, subject to strict interference protections for television viewers (which are already outlined by the FCC in its rulemaking). The positive outcomes of this public policy are extraordinary and the compelling obstacles to enactment insignificant.

Second, Congress can reserve portions of the broadcast bands for unlicensed use. One approach would be to set aside channels 2, 3, and 4 as a dedicated unlicensed space. Few broadcasters have selected these channels for digital transmission—because they have limitations in their ability to support high capacity applications—and they are otherwise dormant. Another approach that would ensure a full range of applications for these new technologies would be to reserve some of the 10 returned analog channels on 700 MHz for unlicensed use, withholding that portion from auction. Reserving three channels (18 MHz) for unlicensed services – and auctioning seven (42 MHz) – would pay dividends to the economy far exceeding any temporary loss of auction revenue.

Any legislation that fails to address the spectrum needs of Americans in the 21^st century fails to serve the public interest.

We urge you to make the digital television transition a public interest win for all of us.


Here is where your name, company name, city and state you serve will go if you send this information to Frannie [EMAIL PROTECTED] <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

The time to get this rolling is right now. I am going to send this out a couple of times. After that if you do not act it will not matter because Congress will have already drafted their legislation for the Digital Television Transition and we will be left in the dark. Act now or you may not get access to any more spectrum below 1 Ghz ever again. The time to act is right now, today not tomorrow.
Thanks for all your help,
John Scrivner

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