I've run into that problem before.  I explained to them that the average 
cell site does 10s of thousands of dollars per month in revenue.  Yet my 
average tower only does a thousand or two.  I also took the time to go to a 
city council meeting and answer any questions about my income and net 
revenue so that they knew I wasn't pulling any legs (this info was kept out 
of the written record at my request).

I also told them that I wanted to benefit the community and those that live 
outside the city and outside the range of DSL or cable.  I pointed out that 
competition is a healthy thing and that I'm the only one competing with the 
telco.

We went from $1500 per month to trade for service (I feed the town, museum, 
fire department, library, city shop and now all of the cop cars).  We've 
been there for 5 years now and they've not come after me for more money.

The community has benefited because people from a couple of towns over are 
moving to the area specifically for the schools.  They'd not have been as 
willing to without broadband for communications, education, shopping, 
entertainment etc.

laters,
marlon

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "jp" <j...@saucer.midcoast.com>
To: "WISPA General List" <wireless@wispa.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 7:52 PM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] customer information


> Thanks for the feedback everyone!
>
> I'm their guinea pig. They haven't let any cell providers in yet. I'm
> the only tower user leasing town property. I suspect they mistakenly
> assume I'm raking in millions from my rohn25 tower there, and not
> investing a dime to do something for their residents/my customers. After
> all, I survived the dot-com bust, and I'm a college dropout dot-commer
> like Bill Gates and Michael Dell, so I must have some special
> resources...
>
> On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 05:29:07PM -0500, Blake Bowers wrote:
>> Sounds like someone in the city has the bright idea to
>> offer municipal service and make some of the millions of
>> dollars you are raking in each month.
>>
>> I know if you gave out my information like that, I would
>> be finding another provider.
>>
>> Do they lease to anyone else on their sites?  Are their new
>> contracts with them going to require the same information?  I
>> really doubt it, as no one I know would every agree, espically the
>> cell carriers.
>>
>> They can't single you out.
>>
>>
>> Don't take your organs to heaven,
>> heaven knows we need them down here!
>> Be an organ donor, sign your donor card today.
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "jp" <j...@saucer.midcoast.com>
>> To: <wireless@wispa.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 4:40 PM
>> Subject: [WISPA] customer information
>>
>>
>> > We've got a municipal lease for one of our towers in a town (We have
>> > several towers/sites in the town) and it's up for renewal.
>> >
>> > The municipal leaders wants a map of all users in town and where they
>> > get their service from. They want a listing of all users intown and out
>> > of town, who use the tower on the site we lease from the town. They 
>> > want
>> > a listing of revenues attributed to the site since the lease began.
>> >
>> > I don't mind giving out maps of our service area, but I think this is
>> > going a bit far, and isn't likely to be helpful. I wouldn't want such
>> > information to fall into other companies hands with an FOI request or
>> > careless distribution either.
>> >
>> > Is any of this illegal to provide? I know CPNI would prevent me from
>> > disclosing VOIP records. Any other legal impediments to sharing this? I
>> > don't make any security/privacy promises in our AUP. Showing them 
>> > enough
>> > information might be helpful with my case to contribute enough
>> > information to show we aren't getting rich off the site and wish for
>> > more coverage or expansion. Showing a town coverage information is good
>> > for spreading word of mouth about where we can serve in case people
>> > didn't think we served that area. But showing all of it would be good
>> > for competitors and customers might distrust us a bit for being too 
>> > free
>> > or think we are promoting identity theft. I know darn sure some
>> > celebrity customers don't want their name on a local list of clients.
>> >
>> > Any suggestions on gracefully handling such a request?
>>
>>
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