Does the process explicitly say that an awarded company has to open their 
network to competition? Or is this sort of a vague rule?

Scottie

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Chuck Bartosch <ch...@clarityconnect.com>
Reply-To: WISPA General List <wireless@wispa.org>
Date:  Tue, 15 Sep 2009 13:06:11 -0400

>There is no provision in the rules to protest a plan because you don't  
>think it's a good plan.
>
>In fact, there's an OMB circular (from July I believe) that explicitly  
>disallows ANY communication until the evaluation process is over about  
>individual applications with the grant reviewers OR the agency over  
>anything except for contesting an application due to your coverage  
>area. I don't think I kept a copy of that circular, but I'm sure you  
>can find it on line.
>
>The only exception is if they reach out to you-but they are instructed  
>to ignore and refuse any other input. They are bound by law on this.
>
>Just to be clear here, you *could* talk to them in very general terms  
>about how the application process worked. But you cannot talk in any  
>form about an individual application, yours or anyone else's.
>
>It might sound like I'm nay-saying here, but I'm just pointing out  
>what the law allows you to do-and it doesn't allow the approach you're  
>suggesting as I understood the circular.
>
>Chuck
>
>On Sep 15, 2009, at 12:28 PM, Tom DeReggi wrote:
>
>> Its also feasible to protest a plan simply because its a poor plan.  
>> The
>> NTIA/RUS needs to approve grants for companies that use tax payer  
>> money
>> optimally wisely and benefit the public, and
>> adhere to the NOFA rules.  If you think you can do a better plan,  
>> but didn;t
>> have time to submit it until Round2, why should the ROund1 plan get  
>> approved
>> if its less good?
>> And if one doubts the entent of an applicant, we should tell NTIA  
>> what we
>> think. We are not only competing providers, but we are also the  
>> public that
>> has to pay the taxes 5to fund these projects.
>>
>> I know in my State, there were numerous good applications that  
>> targeted
>> truely needy areas, and made an effort to avoid other provider
>> infrastructure. I plan to support those projects.
>> For example only about 20% in my opinion were bad applications that  
>> would
>> directly compete with me and other WISPs in their core markets.  I  
>> plan to
>> protest that 20%.  Anyone that was smart would have avoided pre- 
>> existing
>> providers or called them a head of time to work benefit for them  
>> into the
>> proposal to gain their support.  If they didn't do that, they  
>> deserve to
>> have their applications protested, in my opinion.
>>
>> As well, if a grant application covers an area that you entended on  
>> applying
>> for in Round2, I see no problem in telling NTIA/RUS that, and  
>> advising that
>> the Round1 funds are oversubscribed, and Round1 funds should go to  
>> projects
>> without alledged conflict of interests first, and at minimum deny the
>> conflcit of interest applicants until round2, where they can be mroe  
>> fairly
>> considered, and so there is more time to gain fact on what is and  
>> isn't
>> underserved areas, and consider all potential applicants for the  
>> areas.
>>
>> Tom DeReggi
>> RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
>> IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "L. Aaron Kaplan" <aa...@lo-res.org>
>> To: "WISPA General List" <wireless@wispa.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 9:19 AM
>> Subject: Re: [WISPA] Searchable Map of Stimulus projects
>>
>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Seriously?  You would categorize government-subsidized broadband
>>>> expansion
>>>> as capitalistic competition?
>>>
>>>
>>> I should have said - receiving some funds and thus increasing the
>>> speed of biz expansion.
>>> I see nothing un-capitalistic per se about receiving funds in order  
>>> to
>>> revive the economy.
>>>
>>> The real question however is, will *only* the big boys get something
>>> thus driving the smaller boys out of biz!
>>> (maybe that is the case in the original posting and I just did not
>>> know it).
>>>
>>>
>>> *If* the stimulus package would be needed in the first place however,
>>> is of course a completely different topic.
>>>
>>> But seems like I just put my fingers into a wound. Sorry about that.
>>> Not intended.
>>>
>>>
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>Chuck Bartosch
>Clarity Connect, Inc.
>200 Pleasant Grove Road
>Ithaca, NY 14850
>(607) 257-8268
>
>"When the stars threw down their spears,
>and water'd heaven with their tears,
>Did He smile, His work to see?
>Did He who made the Lamb make thee?"
>
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