While it may sound great to have a "double standard law," it isn't realistic. Recent FCC ruling trends tell us that.
For years, telephone companies have been heavily regulated while cable companies have not.
DSL was subject to regulation. Cable was not.
In a way, this brings us back to the Brand X Internet Supreme Court Decision. The FCC deregulated DSL and is working toward regulatory parity for all broadband services, regardless of medium. The FCC wants all broadband services -- cable, DSL, wireless, satellite, broadband over powerlines, whatever you can think of -- to be subject to the same rules and regulations.
Expecting/lobbying/hoping for rules to apply to cable and DSL and not to wireless just isn't realistic.
We need to support that which is good for all broadband providers.
If Matt Loitta doesn't want to filter, prioritize, or restrict his network, I fully support his decision to run his network that way. If there were legislation being proposed that required operators to filter, prioritize, restrict, or otherwise manipulate network services, I would be against it, and I would support Matt's right to run his network how he wants to. Matt's network is Matt's network. He built it. He designed it. He can do with is as he wants. My network is my network. I built it. I designed it. I feel it is my right to do with is as I want. If my customers don't like my service, they can sign up or another service. Let supply and demand and free-market economics decide who wins and who fails, not government. Don't let the government regulate what we do and how we do it. I hope that all of you (and WISPA) will support my right to run my network my way and for others to run their network their way.
According to USIIA, this issue is largely dead and not likely to see any action this election year. Nonetheless, I'd like to know WISPA's position on this. This is an issue that, if passed, would have effects on many of WISPA's members. This is the type of issue that, I think, WISPA should be encouraging its members to write congresspeople about.
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