Hey Marlon,

Here's what I see as our opportunity. In the past, the only beneficiaries for Universal Services funds where the telcos. They also collected many billions of dollars on behalf of rural telecommunications. Like our central Colorado valley, the Telco spend nothing on new services build out here between 1970 and 1997. Of course, once entrepreneurial companies demonstrated that dialup, later DSL and wireless were viable businesses in rural areas, *without* Universal Services funding, they went about jumping into the market.

My discussion jumping off point is this: How can the Universal Services funding be properly allocated to existing and new WISPs in rural markets where it never has provided its intended 'urban pricing for rural customers'... Its clear large businesses who have taken advantage of these billions of dollars to fund their own interests will not co-operate with competitive businesses - such as WISPs. This non-competitive issue can kill off competition from WISPs. A portion of our response should include a statement that 'in general - WISPs provide rural services at competitive prices - but no necessarily at urban prices' and WISPs should have direct access to U.S.Funding for rural communities' and 'telcos should not be the only beneficiaries of USF, and the mechanism for distribution of funds, application for funds and monitoring of use of funds should be open, clear and encourage competition and benefits to subscribers.

So far, that's about all I have to say. I'll have to dig into this a bit more when I'm not busy making ends meet without USF. :-)

-AH

Marlon K. Schafer (509) 982-2181 wrote:

I shot him a note this am.  thanks!

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Victoria Proffer" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Marlon,

Don't have the addy, but phone is 415-577-4241.

Victoria

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Hi All,

I assume we'll want to file on this issue....

http://www.broadbandwirelessreports.com/pressreleases/files/DOC-262639A1.pdf

Here's the actual nprm

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-205A1.pdf

If anyone really understands the ins and outs of this, please speak up. I'd

ask Kris Twoomey but I don't have his addy on my laptop. Can someone please

forward?

thanks,
marlon

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