Wow...impressive!  A city counsel that didn't fall for the snake oil


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Subject: [WISPA] Council rejects wireless proposal

Council rejects wireless proposal

By Adrian Sanchez/[EMAIL PROTECTED]
COLUMBUS - The City Council rejected Frontier Communications' proposal 
to deploy a wireless broadband network in Columbus in a 5-3 Monday night 

Councilmen Joe Jarecke, Ron Bogus and Jim Bulkley voted in favor of the 
proposal after extensive discussion. Frontier representatives exited the 
council chambers immediately following the council vote.

Kerry Haley, vice president and general manager of the Frontier wireless 
division, declined to comment on the council's decision, but did 
summarize her reaction in one word: "Disappointed."

Linda Aerni, president of Community Internet and Wire Free Nebraska 
Inc., and Paul Schumacher, a business partner of Aerni, celebrated the 

Aerni said the council did a good job of processing a lot of 
technological information and made the right decision for the city.

"The council voted the right way, not holding the city to a 10-year 
obligation," she said. "Technology has changed so much, even in the last 

When asked if Community Internet is considering deploying a network on 
its own, Aerni said "of course."

"Community Internet has already deployed wireless Internet outside 
Columbus," she said.

Schumacher said there was no need to rush into any agreement, and if and 
when Community Internet does decide to implement a network, "the city 
wouldn't be in the middle of it."

A report by Robert Tupper, chief telecommunications engineer for RVW 
Inc., and Donn C. Swedenburg, telecommunications specialist for RVW, may 
have influenced the council's decision.

The proposed contract stipulated no other devices that may degrade 
Frontier's network "as determined by Frontier" could be attached to city 

The report stated "the characteristics of unlicensed operation present 
many challenges." According to Federal Communication Commission 
regulations, devices for operation of an unlicensed band, such as 
Frontier proposed, "must accept any interference received, including 
interference that may cause undesired operation."

Tupper said deployment of two wireless, broadband, mesh networks was 
possible but may not be feasible.

"Co-existing within the 2.4 gHz spectrum is the toughest coordination," 
he said. "I am not going to say it can be done. I am not going to say it 
can't be done."

Whether it can or can't, it would "be difficult to have two widely 
deployed mesh networks ... from an economics standpoint," Tupper said.

Councilman Chuck Whitney objected to Frontier's sole discretion to 
determine interference and network pricing differences between Frontier 
and non-Frontier customers.

"If I am a Frontier customer I pay $9.99 a month and a customer of 
Community Internet/Megavision would pay $9.99 per day," Whitney said. 
"There can be no discrimination in pricing."

Mayor Mike Moser said the council made the right decision regarding the 
Frontier proposal.

"I think the council came up with right decision. There were a lot of 
unknowns, and before entering into a contract, all the blanks should be 
filled in," Moser said. "I didn't feel the city was getting enough out 
of it to make it work.

"If somebody else comes up with plan they can bring it to city the to 
look at it, but it is not something we are actively looking for at this 
moment. The ultimate result was where it should be gone."
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