Sorry Tom....I am going to drive a truck through your remarks here.   :-)

Tom DeReggi wrote:

8% means...

You do not get preferrential treatment in legislation.

8% means that 8% of the people are using our service which means that our politicians have to look at how to serve the needs of those customers. It is not about us. It is about our customers. That is the job of public servants.

You do not get subsidees to foster growth of a startup industry.

Wrong. Grants, loans, etc. are based on needs of CUSTOMERS not of providers. USDA does not care if you get broadband to Farmer Dan via a string between two tin cans if it works. By the way, I was the first broadband in my town, we are not a startup industry any more.

You get taxed equally as telcos and cable companies.

Do you really think tax policy is different if you serve 8% than if you serve 1/2%? I assure you if the broadband tax cometh, you will be paying, regardless of how many customers you serve.

ISPs have a viable alternative, so LECs no longer need to share their networks with ISPs.

<scriv laughing> Like AT&T is so open with their network? PLEASE!

8% is a HUGE percentage of market share. I'm not sure we want to take credit for that.
At this stage I think it could work against us.

There is only good that can come from people thinking 8% of the US is getting their service from us. We have been on the radar for a long time. Now it is time to deliver broadband over that radar! (That reminds me...where is that 5.4 GHz band!)

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

----- Original Message ----- From: "John Scrivner" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 6:31 PM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] This is HUGE!

The point is we have a well known, if not largely credible source, who has just released a report that says we (Fixed Wireless Broadband Providers) are serving the broadband needs of approximately 8% of US home users. We obviously have been completely ignored in other reports and surveys so for once it is nice to see us represented in some statistically important degree. I am not really that concerned about the exact number of customers. It is just nice to see us making the report in some meaningful way.

David E. Smith wrote:

John Scrivner wrote:

Check this out from the Pew report. It appears that fixed wireless is much bigger than what even I thought. According to this report 8% of all broadband connections in the US are delivered via fixed broadband wireless.

Ouch. That study looks to be horribly methodologically flawed.

(It's at if
you're interested.)

Their survey required the responders to know what they were talking
about -- if you have DSL, but a wireless router/access point, and you're
not all that technically competent, you may well say your laptop has
"wireless" Internet access when that's not quite what they intended.

Here's the question they asked:

Does the computer you use at home connect to the internet through a
dial-up telephone line, or do you have some other type of connection,
such as a DSL-enabled phone line, a cable TV modem, a wireless
connection, or a T-1 or fiber optic connection?

That question gives me a headache, and I'd like to think I do know what
I'm talking about most of the time.

Note that their survey only had about 1500 Internet-using responders,
which is juuuust barely enough to be considered a statistically valid
sample for a population of a couple hundred million. (Their methodology
is a bit vague on whether they're sampling all Americans, or just
adults, or...)

Don't get me wrong; it's an exciting quote. I just hope everyone takes
it with the proper perspective, and realizes that it's probably "high"
by some unknowable order of magnitude.

David Smith

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