I'd like to point out that it can work the other way, when the telcos and cabelcos demand a premium above the normal price to be able to access all services or have your VOIP phone work at all, or watch live video, or any one of a number of items.
IF you think that backbone providers are going to begin filtering or prioritizing or deprioritizing traffic, then your scenario may hold, but unless the backbone provider is also the CONTENT provider, I don't see that scenario happening. When or if the big boy providers begin charging a premium for full service access at the last mile, then I'd say that provides an opportunity for us independents, not harm. However, seeing the utter chaos and complete lack of common sense that has prevailed in and around our industry since it's inception, I'd say predicting which of the above scenarios holds true...well... might be an exercise in futility. North East Oregon Fastnet, LLC 509-593-4061 personal correspondence to: mark at neofast dot net sales inquiries to: purchasing at neofast dot net Fast Internet, NO WIRES! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - ----- Original Message ----- From: "Larry Yunker" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; "WISPA General List" <email@example.com> Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 12:56 PM Subject: Re: [WISPA] WCA Weighs In Against Net Neutrality > The WCA is showing its true colors.. the WCA stands for the interests of > Verizon, AT&T Wireless, Sprint, and the other big Cell Carriers (many of > which incidentally are owned by AT&T, Bell South, and Verizon RBOCs). With > statements like this, I don't believe that the WCA will ever be looking out > for the interests unlicensed WISPs. > > If you think that blocking net neutrality is the path to "controlling your > own network", you have missed the entire point. Without effective net > neutrality legislation, the RBOCs and the CableCos will own the internet and > tariff the hell out of the traffic that flows through it. It will be one > more nail in the coffin of the mom-n-pop operator that can't afford to pay > tariffs to get their subscribers access to "premium" content. It will drive > the customers of small operators to switch to the RBOCs and CableCos because > those networks will be the only "fast" networks or the only ones that have > "access" to everything on the internet. > > - Larry Yunker > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Peter R." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > To: "WISPA General List" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 12:32 PM > Subject: [WISPA] WCA Weighs In Against Net Neutrality > > > > WCA Weighs In Against Net Neutrality > > > > http://www.telecomweb.com/tnd/17310.html > > <http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/telecomweb.com/;sz=180x150;ord=021450> > > > > 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 > > net-neutrality regulation > > > > "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 > > micromanagement." > > > > 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). > > > > -- > > > > > > Regards, > > > > Peter > > RAD-INFO, Inc. - NSP Strategist > > We Help ISPs Connect & Communicate > > 813.963.5884 http://4isps.com/newsletter.htm > > > > > > -- > > WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com > > > > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: > > http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless > > > > Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ > > > > -- > WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org > > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: > http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless > > Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ -- WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/