----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dawn DiPietro" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "WISPA General List" <wireless@wispa.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 9:20 AM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Muni networks, the good, bad and ugly

> Mark,
> Many if not most RFP's today require a percentage of accounts be
> discounted heavily or given away for just the reasons you are describing.

I don't see any relevance at all.

> The term “Digital Inclusion” is used in this document to describe the
> goal of expanding the capabilities of computing technology worldwide to
> better serve social and economic challenges of underserved communities,
> both rural and urban.

Nice political buzzwords, but does not address why a community or region is
economically backward by comparison to it's surround, or the nation on
average.   The "digital divide" makes for wonderful thesis writing and great
political speeches and a useful football to kick hither and yon and make
tons of political yardage.    My experience is that the digital divide is
far more self-imposed than politically, economically, or socially.
Success for an individual is far less dependent upon things like computers
and broadband, than it is upon basic education, understanding money and
economics, and a mindset seeking opportunity.

Those who have the means, and have found ways to utilize it, have made
broadband a part of their life... It has become indispensable to THEM.
Millions of successful people have not.  Neither is superior to the other.

> If you would get off your own train and look around and maybe read a
> thing or two on this subject maybe you would understand this a little
> better.

Maybe I'm ignorant, but as a long time user of broadband, salesman  for
broadband connections, and operator of a broadband network, and a good
communicator with the scores of customers I have hooked up, understanding
what and how they use their connection, I would guess I have at least some
clues.   There are lots of statistical "correlations" between bad economic
conditions and a lack of broadband.   There's a lot of words being pushed
about how broadband is essential or even being sold as the driver for
economic revitalization or improvement in these areas.  I completely
disagree with that notion, because my experience is that economic
improvement will result in more people buying broadband, and then making use
of it in ways that improve thier economic conditions.

We're talking "chicken and egg" here... what causes what.   The fact is,
many things usually need to change in an area to improve the economic
conditions... Broadband, while useful and helpful, does not drive these
changes, nor will supplying it WITHOUT those other factors accomplish much
of anything.    Just as building a superhighway to a town where nobody can
afford a car doesn't do a lot of useful things...  There comes a time when,
if economic conditions improve, that highway would be needed.   Economic
revitalization or enhancement where it is needed can include broadband,
provided that the fundamental issues of economics are addressed, and that
market driven supply and demand create the need and then fulfill that

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