It's a hard truth that any industry association defacto represents
their ENTIRE industry... not just the ones who deign to become dues-
paying members of that industry association. In the eyes of
lawmakers, regulators, the public, investors, analysts, etc., if
WISPA purports to represent the WISP industry, it must be prepared to
speak about, and be knowledgeable of, the ENTIRE WISP industry, even
those participants of an industry that a formal association such as
WISPA would simply rather NOT even acknowledge the existence of.
It's NOT one vendor's job, no matter how fundamentally important to a
particular industry, to try to police the other vendors in an
industry. If government will not police the bad players, then it
falls to industry groups such as WISPA, and WISPA could easily do
such a thing by maintaining an annually updated "recommended systems"
list available to all. For a vendor's products to be on that list
would be somewhat rigorous, having to document that their system
meets all relevant regulations. A favorite product doesn't make the
list? Maybe there's a reason why, and a prospective user of such a
system is given considerable pause.
In my opinion, based on nearly TEN years of following the WISP
industry nearly from its inception, I think Patrick considerably
understates the case about many... (I won't go quite as far as to say
most) WISPs not being compliant with FCC rules, even the recently
liberalized rules that permit mixing and matching of antennas. One
can gather ample evidence of this just from comments made on this list.
Finally... if there is ANYONE the WISP industry that has earned the
right to speak such hard truths, it is Patrick Leary. Patrick has
been a TIRELESS, FEARLESS, INCREDIBLY VALUABLE advocate for the WISP
industry, especially in its formative years. He has personally
advocated on behalf of the WISP industry to government personnel as
high as FCC Chairman Powell, as well as promoting the WISP industry
to investors, legislators, officials of other countries... and by
dint of his personal influence, Alvarion itself, and by that example,
a number of other vendors that build products for the WISP industry.
Don't like to hear such hard truths? Don't listen then. You all have
the ability to filter out dissenting voices such as Patrick, and me.
But if you all believe what you claim, that you're trying to build an
association that truly represents the WISP industry and what it
ultimately has the potential to become... the hard, unpleasant truths
have to be addressed and dealt with... not just ignore them and hope
they won't be noticed. They WILL be noticed, and are now being
noticed by the WISP industry's increasingly serious competition -
newly-clueful telcos with new Broadband Wireless technology, cellular
carriers, municipal wireless / Wi-Fi vendors and operators, satellite
service providers, and new entrants such as Clearwire. Such entities
may not be a "threat" to the WISP industry as a whole quite yet...
but it wasn't too long ago that WISPs weren't a threat to them either.
There are days when I just shake my head alternately in wonderment
and dismay at the WISP industry. This is one of them.
On Feb 6, 2007, at Feb 6 12:47 PM, John Scrivner wrote:
Patrick, what is Alvarion doing as a corporation to police the
majority of BWIA vendors who now pollute our industry with
uncertified gear? These are your peers. Do you like being
stereotyped with them?
Your stereotyping of WISP operators as being predominantly illegal
and the source of the problem is not accurate or fair and I want it
to stop. The majority of the WISPs out there are trying to do
right. It is the vendors who are the real problem. The majority of
vendors ignore the law. The last gear purchase I made was for an
Alvarion B100 backhaul link which is due in here today. It is
certified but now I wonder if buying from a vendor who stereotypes
the industry is a good idea. Maybe I made a mistake buying from
By the way, the slam about 4.9 GHz is completely erroneous and you
need to apologize. The vast majority of WISPs stay the hell away
from 4.9 and other bands which we are not allowed in. You need to
watch your tack on this public list. Being a paid vendor member
does not give you the right to sling mud or FUD.
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