bob at FiberInternetCenter.com
Wed Jul 16 01:53:01 UTC 2014
I think your point needs to be explained. Because anything gnment is
riddled will large carrier benefiting. Look at the school discounts for
internet services...pretty much just for LECs.
> I have stayed out of much of this, but can't help myself. Along with
> everything else, you are seriously misinformed about the process of
> becoming an ETC. It is not onerous. Please stop. You are giving
> ISPs a bad reputation.
> On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 7:57 PM, Brett Glass <nanog at brettglass.com> wrote:
>> At 05:06 PM 7/15/2014, Rubens Kuhl wrote:
>> Do you see Connect America Fund, the successor to Universal Service
>>> as a threat to US rural WISPs or as the possible solution for them ?
>> It's a major threat to rural WISPs and all competitive ISPs. Here's why.
>> The FCC is demanding that ISPs become "Eligible Telecommunications
>> Carriers," or ETCs, before they can receive money from it. An ETC is a
>> telephone company which is regulated under the mountain of regulations,
>> requirements, and red tape of Title II of the Telecomm Act. It has to
>> report to both state regulatory agencies AND the FCC. It's a
>> that doesn't fit ISPs at all, but they would have to subject themselves
>> this heavy-handed regulation before they could get a dime from the fund.
>> The FCC just announced a "rural broadband experiment" in which it will
>> fund ETCs, but not pure-play ISPs, to build out rural broadband; see
>> As part of this experiment, the FCC will pay telephone companies to
>> overbuild us, even though the residents of the areas in question already
>> have service. This is because, as far as the regulators are concerned,
>> they do not have their regulatory hooks in us, we don't exist and any
>> service we provide does not count. The "experiment" also requires
>> participants to tie up large amounts of money in escrow accounts so that
>> they can obtain "letters of credit" guaranteeing performance.
>> All of this is, alas, the regulators' way of attempting to destroy those
>> whom they cannot regulate.
>> IMHO, the USF is outmoded and should be disbanded.
>> --Brett Glass
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