Cool it everyone, including you John. There is no reason that we can't calmly discuss Illegal vs Legal in an appropriate and professional manner.
I personally feel that it is a sorry dilemma that our industry faces in that, so many of the areas underserved by broadband are the same areas where certified solutions are often cost prohibitive to make a sound business plan. Most rural low income households that need broadband solutions to assist educational, economic development and financial gain efforts, often can't afford to spend much for the high install and maintenance costs that come with pure certified gear. I admire WISP's entrepreneurial spirit in their quest to support the local economic development of these rural communities when the BIG PLAYERS just snub their nose at them. The fact is, a greater service is being done for the whole country by WISPs, whether certified or not, than will probably ever be recognized or valuated. There are very few operators that are in this industry to get rich, most of us are here to help others sustain a livable income while keeping the rural way of life and to strengthen the communities we live in. Until the FCC and the Federal Government step up with some backbone and begin to assist smaller entrepreneurs with funding plans, USF type funding, training grants, affordable and usable licensed spectrum and other valuable instruments, I believe that many operators will choose affordable solutions (which are often uncertified) over the more expensive certified solutions. Unfortunately, these funding mechanisms are most often reserved for the companies that bark the loudest, boast a nationwide footprint and contribute to the campaigns of the politicians that make these decisions. Does that mean that the big companies will provide better service or any service for that matter to the rural areas? Absolutely not! Instead, we get decisions to create monopolies or duopolies which enable the strategy of crushing the competition, who often have the best customer service and that have taken the risks of bringing broadband to unprofitable areas. This only enforces a monopolistic society and further the separation between poverty and the rich. THE MODERATOR HAS SPOKEN! DEBATE AWAY CALMLY! Rick Harnish President OnlyInternet Broadband & Wireless, Inc. 260-827-2482 Founding Member of WISPA -----Original Message----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Brad Belton Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2007 5:00 PM To: 'WISPA General List' Subject: RE: [WISPA] Disagree with me and I won't buy your product Agreed. Crazy. Best, Brad -----Original Message----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Jack Unger Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2007 3:51 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [WISPA] Disagree with me and I won't buy your product I've been following the increasingly threatening discussions on this list that are saying (I'm paraphrasing here) - "Disagree with me and I won't buy your product". These threats are IMHO, out of line. Even more disturbing, these comments are coming from people that I know and who I greatly respect within our industry. We all have a right to express ourselves on issues that we feel are significant. Further, we all have an OBLIGATION to responsibly express ourselves on issues of the day and issues that face our industry. Instead of posting threats, can't we all resolve to take a little more time to compose and post thoughtful, well-reasoned, and constructive comments that truly strengthen our industry? jack -- Jack Unger ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) - President, Ask-Wi.Com, Inc. Serving the License-Free Wireless Industry Since 1993 Author of the WISP Handbook - "Deploying License-Free Wireless WANs" True Vendor-Neutral WISP Consulting-Training-Troubleshooting Newsletters Downloadable from http://ask-wi.com/newsletters.html Phone (VoIP Over Broadband Wireless) 818-227-4220 www.ask-wi.com -- WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ -- WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ -- WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/