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SuperWISP

join:2007-04-17
Laramie, WY

Providing any sort of rural service is hard.

I know; I'm a rural ISP.

No one knows whether Fairpoint anticipated a need to go bankrupt (to shed debt and renegotiate labor contracts and pension plans) or whether it was sold a pig in a poke, but in the end it doesn't matter. Rural telcos are in a serious bind, especially with the threat of "network neutrality" regulation (which would make their Internet services unprofitable just as consumers are moving to the Net for telephony and video).


JimZsz

@verizon.net
Brett Glass,

Please explain how the net neutrality rules proposed by this FCC in the current NPRM would make rural ISP services unprofitable? If that is the case, why are there many other rural WISPs who support net neutrality, so long as there are reasonable network management carve outs? AT&T operated for two years under FCC net neutrality merger conditions, during which time they invested more, including building out to more rural areas, and their profits went up.

I know you believe that this policy would hurt your business, but there is no evidence to support this belief. Furthermore, your political acumen is terrible, as the other regulatory favors you want from the FCC (special access, spectrum) are less likely the more you rant hysterically about this policy. All you are doing is helping the Bell Companies, who want to keep your special access rates high, and any spectrum out of your hands.

SuperWISP

join:2007-04-17
Laramie, WY

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said by JimZsz :

Brett Glass,

Please explain how the net neutrality rules proposed by this FCC in the current NPRM would make rural ISP services unprofitable?
It would outlaw the business models which many rural ISPs use to make service affordable and their businesses sustainable. It would increase their bandwidth costs, prevent them from stopping abuse, and lower their quality of service, causing them to lose customers and harming those customers who remain.
If that is the case, why are there many other rural WISPs who support net neutrality, so long as there are reasonable network management carve outs?
There are not many rural WISPs (or even many ISPs) who support this onerous regulation of their industry. Of course, there are always a few misinformed or gullible people who don't understand the full impact of the proposed rules or have been sold a bill of goods. But they're a tiny minority.
AT&T operated for two years under FCC net neutrality merger conditions, during which time they invested more, including building out to more rural areas, and their profits went up.
Those conditions were very different from what would be imposed by the FCC under the current NPRM.
I know you believe that this policy would hurt your business, but there is no evidence to support this belief.
There is very strong evidence to support it. See my many filings in the docket.

nevtxjustin

join:2006-04-18
Dallas, TX
said by [bquote=JimZsz :

Please explain how the net neutrality rules proposed by this FCC in the current NPRM would make rural ISP services unprofitable?

If that is the case, why are there many other rural WISPs who support net neutrality, so long as there are reasonable network management carve outs?
There are two business models going on here...

Incumbent telco DSL and TV cable ISPs have an existing "captive market" within a small fixed and existing footprint with high density take-up. That with very low installation costs (typically under $50), they have a gross advantage over a WISP.

A WISP often charges three to six times as much per installation and much less take-up density per an AP radius.

The cost for wholesale bandwidth drops significantly for the number of subscribers. That means a WISP is on a tighter budget and can't offer "all you can eat" data plans.

Therefore, a WISP has to limit the bandwidth per subscriber. That can be part of their contractual agreement. If you don't like it, you can go find another ISP.