And on that note, where can you find a list of applications?
-RickG

On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 5:26 PM, Mike Hammett<wispawirel...@ics-il.net> wrote:
> If someone comes in and undercuts you, it's your fault for not protesting
> their application.
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> Intelligent Computing Solutions
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> From: "Kurt Fankhauser" <k...@wavelinc.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:51 AM
> To: "'WISPA General List'" <wireless@wispa.org>
> Subject: [WISPA] just attended broadband stimulus seminar and WOW.....
>
>> Yesterday there was a broadband stimulus seminar in Columbus, OH featuring
>> Senator Sherrod Brown, ConnectOhio.org, USDA Rural Development. I went
>> with
>> an open mind and left not wanting anything to do with this "free money" to
>> be had.
>>
>>
>>
>> The government is trying to get as much control out of the ISP's that take
>> this money as they possibly can. The reporting requirements for ISP's that
>> take this money is a huge burden. This makes FCC Form 477 look like a walk
>> in the park compared to what they want to know. There are about 30-50
>> things
>> that they want you to report on and some of it is just crazy. I can't list
>> it all but they basically want to know what brand of toilet paper and how
>> much of it you use per customer.. And this will apply to your entire
>> existing infrastructure that was in place before you took the money.
>>
>>
>>
>> They can come in and look at all your confidential records anytime they
>> want. They can even change the rules years down the road and possibly tell
>> you what to charge your customer per month to what they think is fair.
>> They
>> can also tell you how to do your QoS and what you can and can not block.
>>
>>
>>
>> This sounds like the same deal with the bank bailouts from last year that
>> once they took the money and found out what role the government wanted to
>> do
>> with them that they wanted to give it all back but wasn't allowed. The
>> majority of the attendees once we got into the workshops and started
>> talking
>> among each other was that they don't want anything to do with this money
>> at
>> all either once they found out all the hidden strings attached to it.
>>
>>
>>
>> They are encouraging few larger projects than many smaller ones. I asked
>> them what about the area that already has 2-3 fixed wireless ISP's and if
>> they give the money to a very large outfit that comes into the area and
>> undercuts the smaller guys by $5/month and runs them out of business if
>> that
>> could happen and they said it probably would. I said well you just killed
>> 3
>> small businesses to create a larger one what the heck did you just
>> accomplish that for and they just gave me a blank stare like I was crazy.
>>
>>
>>
>> This is not about getting broadband internet to un-served/underserved
>> area's, this entire stimulus is about the government trying to gain as
>> much
>> control as they possibly can into the ISP business..
>>
>>
>>
>> I'm going to start running ads saying "go with us, we refused to take the
>> stimulus money."
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>>
>> Kurt Fankhauser
>> WAVELINC
>> P.O. Box 126
>> Bucyrus, OH 44820
>> 419-562-6405
>> www.wavelinc.com
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