Hey everyone, Jack Unger and myself have started this group to create a process of getting uncertified systems certified.
The reason for the certification is to help bring wisps into compliance and legitimize their operation. Recently a wisp reported that he had an FCC inspector do an inspection at his site. He said that competitor wanted to shake him of his exclusive site contract with allegations he was operating uncertified equipment, voiding his contract. His competitor was trying to shut him down, move in on his turf. The FCC inspector inspected his system and found it to be 100% certified. His competitor was trying to "throw the uncertified wisp off the roof!" Fortunately for that wisp, he had 100% certified system in place. With brand names and the right antennas. He wasn't "thrown off the roof". Many wisps have been building out with componentized systems, those systems we buy and add custom features or components that are not certified by a manufacturer. But can be. Reason they are not certified, is because to certify a system, the manufacture has to build the exact same system spec'd in the certs and deliver a finished assembled product to the customer. The certification holds the manufacturer responsible rather than the wisp. No system that is built today by a wisp that he bought the parts for and assembled is certified. But, we believe a wisp can get his system certified. And that is what this group is about. Certifying your componentized systems. We don't know any reason why a wisp can't manufacture his own system. And with the commonly used components that are out there, have many wisps certifying the same exact system over and over. The issues here are the cost and the process to get a system certified. Most wisps don't know how and the cost can be prohibitive if done blindly. We have started the new group ONLY for wisps who have uncertified systems that they want to get certified and realize they have to pay. there is no free ride here, if Joe gets his system certified and Jack wants to get the same exact system certified, he HAS to pay as well. So expect that this process is not free and going to cost money. How much money? We do not know any money details yet. We do know that there is discounts with quantity and once one system is certified copies can be cheaper with co-operation. I would expect, with a lot of wisps participating, the costs can be driven down to a fraction of the costs. At this time only Principle members are invited to take part in this process. Join the certification list here: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/certification Thanks George -- WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/