No... How do I?

Marty

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Marty Dougherty
CEO
Roadstar Internet Inc.
[EMAIL PROTECTED]
703-554-6620
www.roadstarinternet.com
 

-----Original Message-----
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On
Behalf Of George Rogato
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 10:23 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: [WISPA] I'm gonna do the honors without permission --
WELCOMEMarty& Roadstar!

Welcome Marty.

Glad you chose to join WISPA and contribute. I'm sure you can help.

Are you also subscribed to the member list?

George



Marty Dougherty wrote:
> Wow I feel like a movie star or something- Perhaps Patrick can line me up
> with a Hollywood star right next to The Donald? 
> 
> I am thrilled to be able to join WISPA and hope to be able to help our
> industry get a louder voice. I have noticed that we are being left out of
> more and more at the FCC and at the local/state levels. We really need to
> turn that around as quick as we can.
> 
> Looking forward to meeting you all in person at future WISPA events!
> 
> Marty
> 
> BTW- I guess Patrick does not get a commission or he would know that we
have
> passed the 2000 mark- probably 1500 or so VL's and the rest 900Mhz and
then
> a few remaining WIFI...
> 
> 
> 
> ___________________________________________
> Marty Dougherty
> CEO
> Roadstar Internet Inc.
> [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> 703-554-6620
> www.roadstarinternet.com
>  
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On
> Behalf Of Patrick Leary
> Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 6:43 PM
> To: WISPA General List
> Subject: [WISPA] I'm gonna do the honors without permission -- WELCOME
> Marty& Roadstar!
> 
> Dear WISPA members and friends (which includes many of you),
> 
> I just learned some very good news -- Marty Dougherty, CEO and founder
> of Roadstar Internet (http://www.roadstarinternet.com/index.php), based
> in Loundon County, VA recently joined WISPA as a paid member WISP. This
> is great news and here's why:
> 
> Marty operates a high profile and large WISP network that connects over
> 1,000 homes and business primarily in the challenging "exurb" edges of
> the rolling Northern Virginia country side (all forests, fields, and
> foothills). Roadstar was the first WISP ever visited by a FCC chairman
> when former Chairman Powell toured the NOC and a few customers with a
> large entourage and press back around 2002. Since then Marty, like many
> of you, has been a frequent face at the FCC and he regularly hosts
> dignitaries from here and abroad. 
> 
> Marty also has another "incumbent" asset, shall we say, he used to work
> in the telco space. So his insight is fantastic. As well, Marty has a
> some staff that he is willing to have assist WISPA, such as is newly
> hired PR person who is the former editor of the Loudon Business
> newspaper.
> 
> Folks, Marty is like you in that he "boot-strapped" this business from
> his own pocket and literally from the garage-turned-office from behind
> his house. He has repeatedly turned down major investment offers so he
> can continue to grow under his control. Also like many of you he began
> with 802.11b, then migrated to another brand, and eventually settled (so
> far!) on BreezeACCESS VL.
> 
> Maybe most importantly, Marty is a great person like so many of you. I
> count him as a friend and I am proud to have contributed to earning his
> business.
> 
> Please welcome him and make use of his many talents...I know we do (he
> is typically a top choice for beta testing and other advice).
> 
> Thanks Rick and John, in advance, for humoring me as I introduce Marty.
> 
> Sincerely,
> 
> Patrick Leary
> AVP WISP Markets
> Alvarion, Inc.
> o: 650.314.2628
> c: 760.580.0080
> Vonage: 650.641.1243
> [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On
> Behalf Of Patrick Leary
> Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 10:55 AM
> To: WISPA General List
> Subject: RE: [WISPA] Open letter to the IEEE
> 
> Here is a good link for those who which to understand the issue more
> fully. The authors are as qualified as you get and professionally known
> (I don't know Andrew though) by a number of us here so we can vouch for
> them.
> 
> http://www.newamerica.net/publications/policy/reclaiming_the_vast_wastel
> and_why_unlicensed_use_of_white_space_in_the_tv_bands_will_not_cause_int
> erference_
> 
> 
> Patrick
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On
> Behalf Of Patrick Leary
> Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 10:48 AM
> To: WISPA General List
> Subject: RE: [WISPA] Open letter to the IEEE
> 
> Bingo. Very nice edit Forbes with one exception: the "white space" does
> not refer to 700 MHz. Technically, it covers a range of more than 600
> MHz sub 700 MHz, excluding a smattering of bands that will still be in
> use (not expected to be present in more than 120 markets) and a few
> other small channels reserved for things like public safety.
> 
>  
> 
> Patrick Leary 
> AVP WISP Markets 
> Alvarion, Inc. 
> o: 650.314.2628 
> c: 760.580.0080 
> Vonage: 650.641.1243 
> [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
> 
> ________________________________
> 
> From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On
> Behalf Of Forbes Mercy
> Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 10:44 AM
> To: WISPA General List
> Subject: RE: [WISPA] Open letter to the IEEE
> 
>  
> 
> Marlon, 
> 
> I kind of gutted your letter and changed it to one that acts a little
> more like it's from an organization then a person.  Please don't take
> offense and feel free to change it.  As you have explained to me,
> stepping back and looking at it from another person's eyes sometimes
> gets the same effect with a little calmer face.
> 
> Forbes Mercy
> 
> President - Washington Broadband, Inc.
> 
> Dear Sirs,
> 
> I represent the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA)
> an organization which has worked closely with the Federal Communications
> Commission (FCC) for many years.  As you know we consist purely of WISP
> owners and have been pleased with the open ear provided by the FCC in
> our numerous opportunities for testimony and individual meetings.  These
> meetings have resulted in a very fair and generous application of
> unlicensed frequencies.  We feel that not only our industry has
> benefitted but many other applications have been invented providing
> American consumers new services, competition and pricing that helps keep
> inflation in check and advanced services accessible to all income
> levels.
> 
> One of our agenda issues has been active inclusion in the use of the 700
> MHZ frequencies known as "TV White Space".  The ability to have a
> product that actually covers distance through vegetation is very
> exciting.   We have battled the upper frequencies short range and low
> power but also have provided innovative services to the most rural
> areas.  This is a testiment to the vision of the FCC with your
> successful experiment giving Americans unlicensed space just to see if
> we can succeed, we did and because of it are very grateful.
> 
> We have considered the 700 MHZ space as the ultimate application for
> rural development and wish to convey some concerns over the preliminary
> specifications submitted.  Our examples of this would be: 
> 
> 33' minimum antenna heights,  pre-programmed exclusion zones,  with no
> accounting for LOCAL terrain or foliage.  As you know provision of
> Wireless has little similarity with Radio Station methods of engineering
> and implementation.  The specifications become even more focused with
> the suggested geolocation of every Customer Premise Equipment (CPE)
> device.  These proposeals could eliminate 90% of the customers and
> easily as many WISP's from using this band.  
> 
> Very few people will be able to justify the  $500 (probably closer to
> $1000) installation costs of these systems.  We had hoped for an
> in-house antenna system that does not require outdoor antennas which are
> confusing to renting land owners and asthestically challanging to
> homeowners.  It redirects costs from a 'take home and plug in' service
> to a much higher model of 'a truck run for every install' scenario.
> Most of our operators have been pleased with the prospect of eliminating
> roll-up antennas, the high cost and hazard of roof-top work and the
> difficulty of employing installers, it triples the costs of operation
> and those funds, which could be used for more deployments, instead goes
> to unnecessary infrastructure and is passed on as higher costs to all
> income level Americans.
> 
> WISPA feels there is no need for the outdoor only, or minimum antenna
> height requirement.   We feel that the local interference issues have
> been dealt with professionally in our existing bands and the minimal
> abuse has been well documented by the FCC.  Low signal strength have
> been built into your standard for the incumbent detection mechanism.
> 
> Of course we acknowledge the pressure from the TV Broadcasting
> organizations to have more stringent standards due to the proximity to
> their systems therefore a beacon system in which any cpe would be
> acceptible to identify the owner of the ap for faster recitification of
> problems should one occur.  This uses the innovation we have embrassed
> and the costs will assure that any problem, albiet unlikely, can be
> quickly qwelled locally.  This resolves our need for GPS units and other
> expensive testing equipment not available to all providers.  It also
> eliminates the need for dual antennas and GPS's for each customer CPE,
> another expensive requirement not required of any other commercial or
> unlicensed frequency.
> 
> Because of the need for some control to satisfy broadcasters the
> spectrum needs to be unlicensed with registration required with the FCC.
> Again we reiterate the need for inexpensive access to deploy thus hope
> any registration would be within reason.   The innovation we have
> provided meets the President's goal of rural deployment without need for
> public funds and provides local responsiveness and competition that
> forces National providers to keep costs affordable.
> 
> As we have been in the past, the Wireless Internet Service Provider's
> Association will be happy to help with how this new standard will 'meet
> the road' as we have since the inception of the unlicensed process.  Our
> emphasis has always been on economical deployment and exclusion in favor
> of high profit driven corporations continue to hurt deployment.  the
> individual owners of our companies use the time honored American
> tradition of 'a good product at a reasonable price' with emphasis on
> local ownership.  This is far from the motivation from stock owned large
> corporations where service and selection is based on rapid return of
> investment and not on innovation or rural (sparce) area deployment.
> 
> Our industry has plenty of high margin products to choose from already.
> Backhaul products are stable and plentiful.
> Everything from wireless, to copper to fiber is an option in the right
> conditions.  Our industry's only real gap is in medium speed cheap
> products that will go through walls and trees etc., and the 700 MHZ
> meets that goal.  We continue to value our close relationship with the
> FCC and are pleased that public service organizations still think of the
> public first.   As an organization of small business owners we look
> forward to proper deployment of this frequency and recognition of the
> responsible manner we have deployed more restrictive bands to expand and
> serve the public. 
> 
> Thank you for you time,
> 
> Marlon K. Schafer
> WISPA FCC committee chairman
> (509) 982-2181                                   Equipment sales
> (408) 907-6910 (Vonage)                    Consulting services
> 42846865 (icq)                                    And I run my own wisp!
> [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> www.odessaoffice.com/wireless
> www.odessaoffice.com/marlon/cam
> 
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