I like the form except that I think you are short-changing the industry by quoting 1000 providers. I suspect that there are still tens of thousands of ISPs and probably a few thousand WISPs.

- Larry

----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter R." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Sunday, June 04, 2006 5:57 PM
Subject: [WISPA] Template - edit as see fit


If writing to Senators or House Representatives:
The Honorable (full name)

Date

Your name
Your company’s name
Your address line 1
Your address line 2
City, State, Zip

Dear Senator (last name): —OR— Dear Representative (last name):

As your constituent, with a vested interest in the protection of independent Internet service, I am deeply concerned about the Attorney General and FBI considering logging by ISPs.

While the general public perceives that the big ten (AT&T, Verizon, TimeWarner, Comcast, Cox, Qwest, MSN, EarthLink, BellSouth, and AOL) are the only ISPs in America, the truth is that there are about 1000 smaller independent ISP with a staff of 10 or less people who are providing broadband internet to about 2% of the US population. (We are also providing quite a few jobs, too).

On any given ISP system in a month, there are many, many gigabytes of traffic. According to MSNBC, "Internet users around the world send an estimated 60 billion e-mails every day."

How would a small ISP such as myself log all the email and sites that my customers visit? Do you realize how much space, power, hardware, expense, and labor that would require? How do we secure that information? What happens if that information -- to be stored for 24 months -- gets damaged, pilfered, or lost?

There are also problems with the IP address system, whereby many smaller ISPs do not give a specific, static IP number to a user. The IP address system, IPv4 is running out of numbers, so many ISPs conserve them by using a system called NAT, that has some inherent security for the network and users built-in. But NAT would not allow a traceable log of data that the AG & FBI are looking for.

Please be watchful that these types of requirements, while perhaps possible by the big 10, would be burdensome to the other 99% of the providers in the US.


Sincerely,


Your name

Contact information:

http://www.wispa.org <http://www.ii4a.org/>

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