I'd say we need to support WCA's post.
In politics it possible to get a double standard to pass.
ILECS / Cable companies need Net Neutrality, wireless providers do not.
Do you know what it would do to our cell phone bills, if Internet enabled
Cell phones were required to allow users to use application of their choice
such as IP TV? Call quality could get destroyed.
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband
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From: "Peter R." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 1:32 PM
Subject: [WISPA] WCA Weighs In Against Net Neutrality
WCA Weighs In Against Net Neutrality
The *Wireless Communications Association International* (WCA) has come
down against network-neutrality legislation, joining one of the pressure
groups that has been opposing moves in *Congress
</search/?query=Congress>* on the polarizing issue (/TelecomWeb news
break, /June 15).
Representing about 250 companies in broadband wireless carriage and
manufacturing, WCA has teamed with the recently formed
*NETCompetition.org* group organized by Scott Cleland, president of
*Precursor LLC*, and which bills itself as an "e-forum" for debate but
clearly positions itself among the vocal anti-net-neutrality factions.WCA
claims its motive is to promote growth and innovation in advanced
communications over broadband wireless by protecting the business from
"With spectrum a scarce and expensive resource, it is imperative that
wireless broadband providers remain free to manage their own networks,"
said WCA President Andrew Kreig in a prepared statement. "Net-neutrality
regulation would discourage innovation and investment in more competitive
broadband choices to all Americans. Our member companies are investing
heavily in WiMAX </search/?query=WiMAX> or other '4G' types of
next-generation broadband competitive alternatives. Our companies are part
of the competitive solution, not part of the regulatory problem."
Other supporters of NETCompetition.org include the *American Cable
Association*, *CTIA-The Wireless Association*, the *National Cable &
Telecommunications* *Association*, the *United States Telecommunications
Association*, *Advance/Neuhouse Communications*, *Alltel*, *AT&T*,
*BellSouth*, *Cingular*, *Comcast*, *Qwest </search/?query=Qwest>
Communications International*, *Sprint*, *Time Warner Cable*, *Verizon
</search/?query=Verizon> Communications* and *Verizon Wireless*.
With the WCA's membership, Cleland remarks that next-generation wireless
broadband companies are concerned net neutrality regulation would
discourage investment, adding, "More innovation and competition are the
antidotes for net-neutrality concerns, not backward-looking government
The development comes after key *House* committees and a full House floor
vote passed a new video-franchise and telecom bills after defeating
repeated amendment attempts to codify stronger net-neutrality laws and to
give the *Federal Communications Commission* greater powers.
The debate over net neutrality - with many pro and con pressure groups
frantically trying to get attention - now turns to the *Senate *Committee
on Commerce Science and Technology, where a massive communications-reform
bill also allegedly lacks strong net-neutrality provisos as well as to the
Senate Judiciary Committee that is considering separate net neutrality
bills in an antitrust, anti-monopoly context (/see related stories in
today's Telecom Policy Report/).
The Senate Commerce Committee may mark up its draft on Thursday (reschuled
from tomorrow) while Senate Judiciary's Subcommittee on Antitrust,
Competition Policy and Consumer Rights that same afternoon has slated a
hearing on the impact of the proposed AT&T/BellSouth merger (in light of
consolidating telcos becoming a factor in the net-neutrality fight).
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