Patrick Leary wrote:
Why not license by base station? Then a provider cannot ignore
under-served areas. They must serve the area completely or someone else
makes a business case and serves the area. Under the plan I proposed
the area runs unlicensed if substantial use is not able to be reached.
No need for license costs or property protection if you cannot make a
business case to build out to begin with or if a service area has too
few people to require license protection. Why build layers of
administrative overhead for the whole country when some areas run fine
on unlicensed. Let the market dictate where the licenses are needed and
where they are not. Why should someone be pronounced "ruler of the
frequency" in a place they do not serve? Set licensing by base station
and see how many people make the jump from unlicensed to licensed
delivery of broadband in this country. You will see the whole country
served effectively with wireless broadband very quickly under my plan.
Your plan is still requiring more time and money before anything gets
built. I am surprised Alvarion is not not jumping on my plan. My plan
could sell much more gear than your plan for sure. I am sure of it.
I favor substantial use rules and also agree in rejecting squatters rights.
A method of issuing licenses I like is the following:
1. licenses are broken up into regional and local.
We already own these frequencies. Why pay a big chunk to the government
for something we already own? This is simply a way to cause services to
cost more and limit speed of growth. It cracks me up that we have big
companies crying that they cannot afford to build broadband into rural
areas without USF but they think it is fine to pay billions for
frequencies to do the job. I smell a big rat in that game.
2. the government sets the price in advance
It is easy to limit the number of providers who can deliver broadband
wirelessly if it costs billions to own all the frequencies in advance
and the precious few megasuck.nets in turn get billions in subsidies
through USF to build out their network after the fact. Talk about
hand-outs. Who is getting the hand-outs from your plan?
Your proposal basically makes the process inaccessible to many
entrepreneurs and adds overhead cost and slows deployment. I would agree
that a monthly or yearly fee should be paid to own and maintain a
license. Of course under my plan you could just run unlicensed if you do
not feel the need to pay for a license with the rights of property
protections which can be afforded by government involvement in the
process. Basically if you want the government to help protect your
property interest through a license then you should expect to pay the
government to help protect you. If you do not need protection then you
can still use the band if nobody else has built it up and licensed it in
How many million proposals would be required to have enough granularity
for this to work for anyone but megasuck.net to get a license? Nobody
but a megasuck.net conglomerate would be able to compete. This is just
another way to do the same crap that has led us to a world of spectrum
haves and have nots. Patrick, please try to believe for once that anyone
who runs a broadband company does not need to have $25 million in the
bank or they should not be in the game. Entrepreneurs need a chance in
this game. They do not need to have ALL the game by any means but they
should have a shot at the game. Under your proposal there is no chance
for a startup to get a license without millions of dollars backing him.
This does not foster innovation and stimulate new opportunities for anyone.
3. competing parties submit proposals
And who does this? Who gets to say my proposal is better than yours? Why
not let those who must drink the punch have a say in who is serving it?
My proposal does this by allowing a group being served to request the
loss of a license for a holder who is charging too much or delivering
bad service. They get a say. License holders would not get a license at
all if the people in the area served decided not to buy from them. Your
plan is more of the same "government as usual" program where people have
no real say in their future and local interests do not get a chance to
build communications for their area. My plan allows local interests to
have a level field without taking any opportunity away from anyone
including the big guys. Your plan excludes smaller companies who are not
well funded from the start. Do not forget that Apple started in a garage.
4. the proposals are evaluated on their benefit to the public
My plan does this already. In my plan you have to build the network
first, then you get your license if people buy it and like it. If you
cannot get market share under unlicensed then applying for a license is
not going to do you any good. How is your plan better than mine? You
prefer a big ivory tower to decide whether a provider is better before
they deliver? My plan allows people to setup shop and try. If they
cannot get a customer base then they fail. If they do get customers and
they do a good job they get a license. If someone else does a better job
and applies for the license then they get it. How is your plan better
5. parties are also evaluated on their ability to implement
More of the same. Government telling us what to do instead of empowering
businesses and people.
6. a proposal is picked, a license awarded, a timeframe set
Under my plan you have to build it and sell it first. How else is your
plan better than mine?
7. parties failing in the timeframe requirement lose their license
Can you not see the flaws in your plan? Your plan requires much
government oversight and scads of administration. My plan practically
runs itself. People build networks and send in their paperwork for their
license. They either pass the smell test or they do not. My plan is
based on action and results. If you deliver you get a license. Your plan
is more of the same government hash that has never led to stimulation of
new industry or economic development. The big boys want to own it all
now and you seem to agree. Obviously you want the billions to flow to
you. Excuse me for wanting my dollars to stay local. That is part of the
basis of my plan.
There is only one way to stop the megasuck.nets of the world from
corrupting the system. Give everyone a level playing field and make
licenses contingent upon action in advance of being issued. If you build
it and people like it you get a license. If they don't like it or you do
not build it then you don't get squat.
That is a good model in some cases. I also think that auctions have their
place, but have to be carefully managed and evidence of collusion needs to
be punished massively.
Registration is a good way to document who is providing what, where, but
it really does not protect anything nor does it stimulate growth. The
carrot has to be the ability to build a network out with the promise
that if you do it right you can get a license. How could this be bad?
How could it be corrupted or used to do anything but stimulate growth
and develop new and prosperous opportunity for broadband delivery and
I also think unlicensed has its place, and I am all
for a registration requirement (not a license, but a registration of active
base stations for ALL commercial UL operators), which is something I
conceived of and proposed to the Spectrum Policy Task Force back in 2002.
People should have a right to tell providers to stick it if they cannot
provide them with good service. The almighty buck should not be the only
way you get a license in this country.
With all do respect John, I do not buy the "power to the people" argument.
That is bunk. Anyone that can get signal can get service from a WISP.
This is completely unfounded. Beat us up for maybe not being great
businessmen but forget the argument that we do not try our hardest to
serve anyone who wants service. That dog won't hunt. It is not our
fault that we do not get access to higher power or more sub-1 GHz
spectrum. I have had many people construct a small tower for their use
off of my towers.
And I don't buy that all WISPs are pure and good and have the public
interest at heart. Most WISPs deploy to fill their capacity, they do not
deploy to address equity issues or to make sure that anyone in the cell that
wants access gets it.
I do not buy that at all. Most WISPs are small town guys who pump 100%
of what they earn from their customers right back into their local
economy. You don't have any basis for your statement and I find it
insulting and derogatory to our industry.
Most WISPs are just as much capitalists pigs as the
big guys, only on a smaller scale.
Nobility? Where did that come from? I am lost on that one completely.
There is nothing noble about it. It is business. I do what I can to
provide a decent service to my customers. I do not think I am Sir Scriv
by any stretch. :-)
And that is fine, but let's not pretend
there is some sort of special nobility just by virtue of being a WISP.
I do not know what any of the above has to do with a debate on proper
spectrum policy. This country does not have proper spectrum policy,
period. That is the debate. What is proper? Forget the WISP slamming and
debate the subject at hand please.
seen my share of folks that I consider noble, but it does not make their
business noble. And I've seen more than my share of opportunist scumbags
praying on customers, abusing rules, etc.
We should still look at our spectrum policy and find a way to make the
deployment of broadband a better opportunity for anyone in this country.
Right now it is not a good opportunity for anyone except a well-funded
megasuck.net. I am not looking for hand-outs or special treatment. A
level playing field would be nice. Licenses for those who provide
services would be nice. It is not an arcane proposition. People who have
piles of cash are not the only ones capable of building a solid
broadband platform and should not be the only people who get access to
licenses. It is time to stop trashing the average WISP just because they
do not have billions in the bank. It is time we all start looking at how
we can use broadband as a tool for economic development in our local
areas also. Part of that plan is to keep your broadband assets local as
much as you can. Licenses for operators within a local area would help
do this. National players suck the profits out of your area. Local
operators can help keep the profits in the local economy. That IS a
Nothing prevents anyone from creating a business plan that can attract
capital and investment and the government is under no obligation to offer
commercial rights to those that cannot. Many WISPs started very humbly and
succeeded brick by brick and now have multi-million dollar businesses.
You read things into my statements that simply do not exist and you
represent my views as if I am narrow-minded here. I never once said my
proposal was a "WISP only" proposition. I do not understand the WISP
bashing part of this post at all. Feel free to debate the merits of my
plan but please keep the anti-WISP rhetoric to yourself and please do
not put words into my mouth. If my proposal allows everyone equal access
to licenses for wireless broadband (WISPs or others) then I am all for
that. Your plan rewards the rich only. I do not support that.
If a BWA-dedicated UL is finally created, you should realize that anyone can
use it, even those companies you revile. There are no "rights" for use by
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