I have complete confidence in our leadership thus far and remember that we are an infant organization. I think with the election tomorrow and continued support from those who are going into office we are well on our way to having a jam up jelly good organization. I know the heart of every one of the men who have been instrumental in putting this organization together from day one. I know that they want an industry owned, member driven power house that will have a say in Washington as well as in individual States. The men we will see in office Wednesday are the ones who have been the movers and shakers in this industry for years and have my utmost allegiance and respect. I cant say that I have agreed with everything, but then I dont agree with everything that goes on under my own roof either :-)

I think what we need more than anything to accomplish what we need is a very large mouth! That mouth can only be trumpeted by a mass of individuals coming together under one umbrella - - WISPA and jointly having WISPA speak for us as a whole. I look at what the Gay rights activists have accomplished with their lobbying (not that I agree there either) although the gay population is really not that large. Its just well funded, out spoken, very organized, very active and very "seen" across the country. IMHO we to will have to use some of their tactics, be very loud and obnoxious to the point of being pushy and refuse to NOT be heard and seen. I think WISPA is the very thing for this industry as it is a one of a kind. Its made up of folks like you and me, and Larsen and Scriv and Harnish and so on - - just every day good ole boys with an agenda. I think that when we hold hands ( I am not gay) and stand up we will have to be heard. I dont think that we can be ignored if we go about this the right way.

Do you remember the million man march in DC? There really wasnt half that many people, but it was the attention they stirred up that makes it so memorable. That was in 1995!!! How about we have a march in DC up the steps to the FCC's offices all the while surfing the net and sending emails to reporters back in our home states, live web cameras rolling while Scrivner gives us a "whooda thunk it" speech. I think there are a lot of things we can do once this election is over and done. The election is the first step toward accomplishing great things in this industry.

The next real step is membership!! WHO AINT PAID THEM DUES???

Mac Dearman
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Rudolph Worrell wrote:

Mac,

I am with you. We need to be very aware but also plan and propose so that we are not spoken for in an ill way.

One thing that would really help here and on the paid side of things is to have clear goals, leadership, and direction.



Quoting Mac Dearman <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:

 I say whoooa mule!

I think before we jump the gun we ought to see what lies ahead of us. If they plan on taxing the free spectrum it will have to be done at the manufacturers level. There is no way to tax us per device and if we are taxed "per user" - - - then we will just pass that on to the end user. Ultimately all taxes will have to be passed down to the end user - it always has been - - -it always will be. I dont mind paying the taxes, its all that damn collecting and book keeping I hate. It seems that Uncle Sams money always get intermingled with mine and then I try to find ways to keep it :-) From what I have read earlier today its not a done deal ad its just talk at this time. We do need to keep our ears to the ground and our eyes open though and if we can lead the horse rather than eat dust from the Cavalry ahead of us would be a choice place to be.

Mac Dearman
Maximum Access, LLC
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MikroTik RouterOS Certified
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John Scrivner wrote:

How about if we propose to the Congress that they allow a per base station license to be paid annually for broadband use that gives first in rights to those who launch broadband in a given geography in the channel registered for each base station? Then everyone would have the ability to have access to spectrum with some rights to prevent interference and have something that investors could be comfortable with investing in. This would eliminate the spectrum class split we have now where some have rights of licensed use and others (like us) cannot play in the game without using spectrum with no spectrum rights (unlicensed). The government could have the revenues they demand which they normally get from auctions which I oppose due to the inability for smaller operators to have a chance to buy in.
Just a thought.
Scriv


Rudy Worrell wrote:

Time to organize troops... Nuff said!

Who's got lead?

-----Original Message-----
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On
Behalf Of Blair Davis
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 6:49 PM
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Subject: Re: [WISPA] Good news and bad news today

Now we know why they want the 477 forms.....

Brian Webster wrote:



Well, it does not surprise me that the government has decided to tax the unlicensed spectrum. Today the Bush administration announced a plan to tax Wi-Fi and other unlicensed spectrum. It is not clear how they will do it
yet


but the process is in motion. That's the bad news, the good news is they reached agreement on the 5.4 GHz spectrum and that should become available
once equipment gets certified. Check the RCR news site for the full
stories.


Oh well, I suspected that it would not last forever the truly free use of
the spectrum.

http://www.rcrnews.com/news.cms?newsId=25545
http://www.rcrnews.com/news.cms?newsId=25539



Thank You,
Brian Webster
www.wirelessmapping.com
Free World Dialup #481416






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