Charles,

Just to be clear, we don't currently block or slow anything. We don;t technically have a VOIP service of our own yet. I'm simply debating the options. I am using Commpartners as an example, only because I had recent discussions with them this past summer, and they are fresh in my mind, but I am not targeting Commpartners directly in any way. My comments could apply to any VOIP wholesale provider, and should be interpreted as such. Port blocking is a very touchy subject right now, and in my mind a very important one that may define the outcome of VOIP and relationships between partners. A VOIP offering will become a significant part of my business, as it will be for most others as well, and I need to have a clear plan of how I'm going to go about competing in the space.

Also on a side note, the reason I'm a little over POed on the Fee thing, was that I spent a month testing their service and negotiating terms and stuff. A whole marketing campaign was created around their service, lots of time spent. Then right after I got my first customer and signed the agreement and ready to fax it over, I saw the fine print that mentioned a $5000 fee, which I was never told about upfront or that was never mentioned once in our conversation over the month. So I got blind sided with the $5000 fee at the last minute. I thought they should have disclosed that to me before we started working with them, not a month later after the time was spent. SO then I developed the high and mighty attitude, that why should I pay a fee, I probably had just got pretty close to costing me $5000 in time just building my marketing plan. They should have waived it, at that point. The must have figured I'd be more likely to pay it after spedning all the time. I don't like to be squeezed that way. And the more I thought about it I started to boil thinking over the situation.

I'm not really 100% sure what I believe yet on wether blocking should be done or not. But I don't like people that play that way. It reminds me of the high and might Covad, where what ever they say goes attitude. We are really only going to get one choice to get VOIP legislation done right, the way thatwill benefit us all. Wether the topic is what wholesale partners we should support, or wether its right to block traffic, the issues all apply to WISP's future of using VOIP.

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


----- Original Message ----- From: "Charles Wu" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'WISPA General List'" <wireless@wispa.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 1:49 PM
Subject: RE: [WISPA] VOIP / CommPartners -- "big dumb pipe provider" vs.end-to-end connectivity/content provider


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performance to their VOIP servers over our network. Think about it, do you
think I'm going to allow the same performance to our competitive VOIP
provider as I do to our own VOIP services? By getting us to be a Partner for

them, we'd optimize them for our own benefit, and indirectly Comm Parnters
would guarantee that our network
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Not that I'm trying to start anything...but this is pretty dangerous ground
to tread on
If you think about it, an argument can be made that preference of one's own
traffic (or depreffing competition traffic) is not that much different than

FCC fines telco for VoIP Port Blocking
http://informationweek.smallbizpipeline.com/60405214

SBC Says "Google should pay to use our network"
http://techdirt.com/articles/20051031/0354228_F.shtml

In a larger context, it may come down to a strategy of providing "big dumb
pipes" (like what the phone companies have done) or becoming end-to-end
connectivity/content companies (like what the cable-cos have done)

-Charles


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