Hello Marlon, At 100 bucks a month for USF, I could drop fiber into each customer and scrap my wireless altogether. And that would be a kick ass network!
Barry Friday, January 27, 2006, 10:37:09 AM, you wrote: MKS592> I had a call the other day from someone at the MKS592> Congressional Budget Office. MKS592> It *looks* like there is a move afoot to expand USF to broadband. MKS592> I believe this would only be a good thing for the market. MKS592> Out here the telco gets $109 per month per phone line. And they require a MKS592> phone line for DSL service. MKS592> So $15 per phone line. MKS592> $30 per dsl. MKS592> $109 per line in usf funds. MKS592> Nearly $160 per month per sub. And I get $35. Oh joy! MKS592> Now if I could get $109 too! At nearly 300 subs MKS592> today.... Man could I put MKS592> in a nice network! And afford to go where others aren't going yet. MKS592> And the value of a wisp would REALLY shoot through the roof. MKS592> I'm not a big fan of government meddling but one of two things has to happen MKS592> here. Either they drop usf (most rural telcos would fold so this is MKS592> unlikely) or expand it to include us and cable and sat. Like it or not, MKS592> government funding was used for electrification, MKS592> phones, roads etc. If the MKS592> competition is going to get subsidized, we should to. MKS592> WISPA needs to support this move. In a big way. MKS592> Marlon MKS592> (509) 982-2181 Equipment sales MKS592> (408) 907-6910 (Vonage) Consulting services MKS592> 42846865 (icq) And I run my own wisp! MKS592> 220.127.116.11 (net meeting) MKS592> www.odessaoffice.com/wireless MKS592> www.odessaoffice.com/marlon/cam MKS592> ----- Original Message ----- MKS592> From: "Blair Davis" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> MKS592> To: "WISPA General List" <email@example.com> MKS592> Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 6:08 PM MKS592> Subject: [WISPA] USF tax changes? >> Does WISPA have a stand on this? >> >> http://techrepublic.com.com/2100-1035-5959140.html?tag=nl.e550 >> >> As one who has built my network without any public money, I have no >> interest in collecting special taxes. I have more than enough paperwork >> now... >> >> I also don't want my competitors to get government money to build their >> networks. But locally, I have found out that they are getting government >> grants to expand into my area. Having seen their install rates, monthly >> fees and tower provisioning costs, they would not be making any money if >> they did not have the government footing the bill. >> >> -- >> >> Blair Davis >> West Michigan Wireless ISP >> 269-686-8648 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> -- >> WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org >> >> Subscribe/Unsubscribe: >> http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless >> >> Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ -- Best regards, Barry mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] -- WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/