3650 is complicated. Last month's FCC visit stated that they are getting close, and expect answers by Fall :-( Experimental licenses are available, allthough, would likely result in removing gear in a year.

I'm hoping personally, that they rule to keep it 100% unlicensed (actually "registered / Non-exclusive Free licensing", being almost the same as unlicensed) , 100% in tact, but get rid of "contention based". My personal belief is that the delay of 3650 will have helped small WISPs. The reason is that Licensed 3650 in other countries has allowed Manufacturers to start scaling their production and doingtheir research. At the same time it kept Capitol rich US telecom out of the WISP business, while WISPs could take the time to get stronger and larger. Its possible that if they remove "contention" based, in a year WISPs would have virgin spectrum with LOW DOLLAR WiMax gear that they can afford by teh time the spectrum is usable. But Telecoms would still ahve the uncertainty of Unlicensed, detering its use by large scale telecoms. The word is that WiMax does not work in non-Licensed, but as we know, allthough WiMax will undisputedly perform better in Licensed, it will perform JUST AS GOOD as our current legacy TDD gear (such as Trango and Motorola). However, if they insist on keeping Contention based, I personally do not think a manaufacturer will ever make gear to use the spectrum. It would be nice if 802.16H or equivellent succeeded in stepping up to the table (contention based WiMax), but personally I don;t think it will happen in our Small WISP lifetime (meaning before WISPs sell to RollUps :-). Although WISPA's position was to support Contention BAsed, and it was the right thing to do at the time, I beleive that will ahve to be compromised in order to get use of the spectrum. Just because I think so many manufacturers are fighting it. Its the "near license Free" model that is essential and can't be compromised. My view on this is because 5.8G equivellent spectrum is what is so scarce, and none of the allocations given to use allowed equivellent power, we need the 3650 power, bad. Personally, I think the FCC is holding out, trying to force manufacturers to innovate and embrace the ideas of "contention based". They are waiting for a manufacturer to show them it CAN and WILL be done, if they hold firm on the original rules. But if Manufacturers don;t cooperate and make something that can pass the requirement, teh FCC will effectively be squatting on the spectrum, and will probably give up on their ideals, and get pressure to find a way to make the spectrum usable. But that is just my personal feelings, and in no way a representation or confirmation of what the FCC feels. They are prety much at a no comment stage, lsitening to all the arguements and watching how things evolve.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband


----- Original Message ----- From: "wispa" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "WISPA General List" <wireless@wispa.org>
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 4:29 AM
Subject: [WISPA] 3650, ok, so what's current status?


I spent some time reading the latest R & O about the 3650 spectrum, which is
dated back in 2005.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-56A1.pdf

I am, however, unable to understand what the present status is. Does anyone
have that information?  What's going on...or not going on?


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Mark Koskenmaki  <> Neofast, Inc
Broadband for the Walla Walla Valley and Blue Mountains
541-969-8200

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