[CUWiN] Fwd: [MediaAct] Need information on Community Wireless
tboyle at rosehill.net
Fri Jul 23 23:01:01 CDT 2004
>Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 15:26:10 -0400
>From: Harold Feld <hfeld at mediaaccess.org>
>To: activist at mediatank.org
>Subject: [MediaAct] Need information on Community Wireless Networks
>The FCC has proposed to allow relatively high-power devices to operate on
>an unlicensed basis in the 36500-3700 MHz band. This could be a tremendous
>boon to those deploying community networks using unlicensed spectrum access.
>Unfortunately, the FCC is also proposing to create a "professional
>installer" certification. It would be illegal to set up and operate high
>powered devices without a certification. It is unclear what certification
>the FCC will require, but it has suggested that professional organizations
>such as Part15.org would set the standards.
>MAP and New America Foundation are very concerned that this will make it
>very difficult for community networks to use the new, higher power
>devices. Right now, a relatively few individuals with the relevant
>experience can come to a community, train people in what they need to know
>(including provide non-English language reference materials if necessary),
>and then leave administration of the network to the local community, with
>some tech support and further training by more technologically
>sophisticated volunteers. Imagine these volunteers needing to spend hours
>preparing for some kind of certification exam and paying a potentially
>high cost as a fee for certification. This is now the case in many
>professions that require certification. Even relatively easy
>certifications, such as those for ham radio operators, can be quite
>burdensome for the non-enthusiast.
>We are trying to educate the FCC about this issue. But we need
>information about community networks and how this change would impact
>them. Interested parties can either share their information with us by
>contacting me at hfeld at mediaaccess.org, or can file directly at the FCC,
>or both. To file at the FCC follow the links on www.fcc.gov to "submit a
>comment electronically." The Docket Number is 04-151.
>Another area of concern is the FCC proposal to require identification
>beacons in both high-power devices and low power devices. While
>identification beacons make sense in fixed high power devices (they will
>allow parties that accidentally and unkowingly interfere with other
>parties to arrange cooperative agreements, for example), they create a
>serious problem in mobile devices such as lap tops. Do we really have to
>have lap tops regularly broadcast to anyone in range your name, contact
>information, and location? We would appreciate if members of the public
>let the FCC know how they feel on this issue by filing in Docket Number
>04-151. To file electronically, go to www.fcc.gov and follow the links to
>"submit a comment electronically."
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