I hope it isn't just that easy for them.

A good think for consumers in served areas, very likely.
A good thing for competitions and Anti-Trust, definately not.
A good thing for WISPs and rural America, not a chance.

One arguement could be made that if Verizon could obtain more revenue from subscribers for more services, they could likely afford to expand to more rural areas, that otherwise would not be cost effective.

Allowing Verizon to have quicker access to provide services, gives competitors less time to gain market share, to the point that they can be a worthly competitor long term.

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


----- Original Message ----- From: "Dawn" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "WISPA General List" <wireless@wispa.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 7:35 AM
Subject: [WISPA] FCC/Verizon forbearence ruling


All,

Verizon successfully wins the forbearence ruling.
Verizon did not even have to prove there case because this was defaulted on.

This is a good thing for this industry or for Rural America?

Commioner comments below.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264436A3.doc

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264436A4.doc

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264436A2.doc

Article below.

Verizon wins waiver for high-speed service

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has freed Verizon Communications from rules on high-speed data services it sells to large businesses.

The commission granted a petition from Verizon to ease regulations on fiber-optic services, such as Ethernet applications and virtual private networks that businesses use for purposes other than Internet access.

Verizon's petition was granted by default because the commission, made up of two Republican and two Democratic members, failed to rule on it before a deadline of noon on Monday.

"The order was circulated 3 weeks ago by the chairman and was not resolved," an FCC spokesman said. $@ (Bloomberg)"

Regards,
Dawn
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