This is one of those times when we need to ride the coats of the big guys.  
They spent millions in lobbying and legal fees to make sure they didn't have to 
be regulated like a common carrier by defining the new term "information 
service".  All of us are in that business and even though Cable, Power 
companies and to some extent even the Telco's did this so they could slap us 
small guys around the advantage is we are also unregulated thanks to them.  So 
if we can say anything it's that we don’t have to join the very messy regulated 
crowd.  

Did you see the court decision this week stating Cable could refuse service and 
the person sued them up to the Court of Appeals and lost with the court saying 
that cable is not a utility and thus not required to give service to anyone?  
Aren't you glad Cable paid to get that judgment rather then you having to go 
broke trying?   They may be crappy at service and high priced but they do love 
to spend money that gives us legal precedent for free.

Forbes Mercy
President -Washington Broadband, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Tim Kerns
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 1:43 PM
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Subject: Re: [WISPA] New Recording LAW in effect today?

As a common carrier I can understand and agree. What about providing E-mail 
services to our customers, do we then need to keep copies of all e-mail that 
comes into or goes out our server?

Tim Kerns

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From: "Blair Davis" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] New Recording LAW in effect today?


> We are common carriers.  We no more have to copy peoples e-mail than the 
> phone company has to record the contents of every call.
>
> Tim Kerns wrote:
>
>> I caught a brief report on FoxNews today about a requirement for keeping 
>> copies of E-mail. It seems that we may be required to maintain a copy for 
>> use at later time for criminal courts. Anyone know of this or have more 
>> info on it? Is it every ISP or only Corporations. This could be 
>> disasterious..... sell alot of storage devices... The Foxnews report says 
>> the requirement begins today and as usual not a lot of detail.
>>
>> Tim Kerns
>> CV-Access, Inc.
>>
>
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