I found that a little interesting also.  I don't really
think a WISP would WANT to be termed a common

communications common carrier: 1. The term "communications common carrier" as used in this part [of 47CFR] means any person (individual, partnership, association, joint-stock company, trust, corporation, or other entity) engaged as a common carrier for hire, in interstate or foreign communication by wire or radio or in interstate or foreign radio transmission of energy, including such carriers as are described in subsection 2(b) (2) and (3) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and, in addition, for purposes of subpart H of this part, includes any individual, partnership, association, joint-stock company, trust, corporation, or other entity which owns or controls, directly or indirectly, or is under direct or indirect common control with, any such carrier. [47CFR] 2. Any person engaged in rendering communication service for hire to the public. [47CFR] Synonym common carrier.

Internet providers have historicaly fought to NOT be
called a communications provider, but rather a
"information services provider".

The FCC has held, that the ISP is not providing the
telecommunications network, but rather overlaying
their information on the common carrier network.

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I find it interesting that people are stating their organizations are common carriers. The term common carrier has a very specific legal meaning. Specifically, a common carrier is an entity licensed by the FCC or a state agency to supply local and/or long distance telecommunications services to the general public at established and stated rates.

How many WISPs fit the above definition?


Tim Kerns wrote:
As a common carrier I can understand and agree. What about providing
We are common carriers.  We no more have to copy peoples e-mail than

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