keefe-af at ethoplex.com
Wed Jul 16 01:56:45 UTC 2014
Any ISP can tap into Erate funding. We are a WISP and lots of our
school customers get Erate funding/discounts.
On 7/15/2014 8:53 PM, Bob Evans wrote:
> 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.
> Thank You
> Bob Evans
>> 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
>> Fletcher Kittredge
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>> Biddeford, ME 04005-9457
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