I have added you to the [EMAIL PROTECTED] list now. It is a meeting place for strictly operators to discuss issues.

We appreciate you coming aboard WISPA! There are so many WISPs out there who need help expanding to the next level. Having a guy on board who has gone through the growing pains will be helpful for many here.

Having Patrick's support says good things about your knowledge and your character. Welcome to WISPA.
John Scrivner

Marty Dougherty wrote:

No... How do I?


Marty Dougherty
Roadstar Internet Inc.

-----Original Message-----
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?


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!


BTW- I guess Patrick does not get a commission or he would know that we
passed the 2000 mark- probably 1500 or so VL's and the rest 900Mhz and
a few remaining WIFI...

Marty Dougherty
Roadstar Internet Inc.

-----Original Message-----
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

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

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.


Patrick Leary
AVP WISP Markets
Alvarion, Inc.
o: 650.314.2628
c: 760.580.0080
Vonage: 650.641.1243

-----Original Message-----
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



-----Original Message-----
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]

Behalf Of Forbes Mercy
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 10:44 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: RE: [WISPA] Open letter to the IEEE

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

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!

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