The worst thing that an ISP or WISP can do is to support these things. The
reason, is that if providers create the perception that this can happen and
can be controlled, (networks to be open for what ever legal purpose), than
there is absolutely no reason that the government should not keep supporting
the ILECs and Cable companies to have preferencial treatment to expand their
networks and take over more and more of the end users as monopolies. The
monopolies have more financiaing and subsidies to full full FCC's biggest
criteria to get broadband to EVRYONE. Why not support the heavy players
(monopolies) if they are best apt to reach the largest number of americans
sooner? If open access will be maintained, and content not blocked, what is
the harm? It will only mean that Independant ISPs will go our of business or
become more scarse, but content providers will be safe? This is false!!!
Once the Monopolies have control of the end users and the market, they will
make the rules, no matter what Congress or the FCC try to inforce. Just like
Microsoft makes the rules today in applications bundled with its OS,
indirectly beating the governemnts legal action against them regarding
browser. When all the competition is wiped out, when the monopolie smake
their own rules, what could the governemnt really do to enforce anything.
What do you do when the private corporation (monoply) gets bigger than
governement so to speak. Then the next wave start, the waive to take over
content as well. Content providers are safe today for one reason and one
reason only, there are MANY ISPs, so no single ISP or MONOPOLY has unfair
leverage against the content providers. The tables will turn once the
mopnpolies control the market. The bottom line is that content can be
provided by any one, any where, at any given time. Access to the end user
on the other hand can only be provided by one individual, the one the
consumer has connected with. Because of this in a show down, where one
provider blocks another, the Monopoly that own the last mile link to the
custoemr will win, because they can instantly give the end user an alternate
choice of content. The content provider can not give the consumer and
instant alternate choice for a last mile provider.
Owning the end user connection (by many ISPs) is KEY to the success of fair
play on the Internet. This is the reason congress and the FCC MUST support
Independant ISPs and WISPs, and not give unfair competitive advantage to
monopolies. Making rules that content must stay open, is jsut a fake
advantage to give Monopolies a reason to justify why its safe to trust them
to take over the world.
I am NOT a monopoly hatter, I believe the world is a better place because
they are here to quickly serve the millions of end users that would not be
served in a timely manner with out them, but to give them unfair advantage,
and not guaranteeing that independants as a group can hold on to a large
part of the market, is the most foolish thing that could ever happen. And
thats the way congress and the FCC are going.
The message needs to get out, that it is IMPOSSIBLE to guarantee, detect,
and inforce fair open content and practices, and for that reason it is
impairative for national security and the consumer, that choice of last mile
broadband providers continue to exist for them.
What should be happening is NOT to suggest that the rules and laws change
for controlling open access across someone's private controlled network, but
instead, heavy lobbying taking the words that SBC said to point living
proof, that the risks are right in front of us, if things continue the
direction they are going.
On a side note... In no way do I support someone else controlling who I can
let on my network and to do what. I deserve the right to force consumers to
purchase my service and not to steal it by sharing one of my client's
circuits. I believe their can be many advanatages to giving permission for
users to share bandwidth of an ISP even for free, but that should be a
choice for the provider to decide and waiver pros and cons of. Giving the
right for someone to steal your bandwidth or use it without p[aying for it
is jsut plain ludicris.
Let me give an example... Just recently one of my towns supported a FREE
hotspot in the back yard of one of my cell sites (for paid service),
covering about a square half mile. The government agreed to pay the monthly
fee for the Internet connection, and landlords donated the roof space, and a
private non-profit paid for the equipment. What was ironic was the
broadband connection was a DSL line, which most likely has an acceptable use
policy NOT TO SHARE TO END USERS. So the governemnt publically indorsed
stealing service (from the DSL provider). I could have given away free
access myself, If I wanted to steal service to give away. I instead did it
the legal way, and responsible way. Whats ironic is I still would have
given it a way if I was asked to get the press benefit, if I had the right
to block what type of usew that FREE service would have, so there was an up
sell for my premium paid service. After all I have to pay my bills some
how, and that cell site was costing me near $2000 a month in reoccuring
The second the tables turn, and someone wants to control how the small
independant ISP controls its own network, its no longer a good idea.
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband
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From: "Frank Muto" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 10:30 AM
Subject: [WISPA] NYCwireless Network Neutrality Broadband Challenge
In light of SBC CEO Edward Whitacre’s comments about charging websites a
for providing services to SBC broadband customers, NYCwireless is
the NYCwireless Network Neutrality Broadband Challenge.
NYCwireless is challenging every company that provides broadband services
NYC to make a public statement supporting the 4 Network Neutrality
principles outlined below. We will keep a scorecard on the NYCwireless
website showing which companies have shown a commitment to free trade and
open access by embracing these principles.
Broadband Challenge Scorecard
Every provider should include a web page with their public statement on
their own websites. We suggest that the URL to find a provider’s stance on
Network Neutrality be made available to the Internet community via the URL
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