[NA-Discuss] DIY Broadband- High Speed solutions for remote areas

Eric Brunner-Williams ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net
Thu Feb 21 02:49:54 UTC 2013

> I live in Vermont, with lots of rural areas without any network access, nor mobile phone access. It hampers the state in many ways. 

I was constrained by the way in which states (but not tribes), were
incorporated into the original RAA legislation, to offer a fixed point
wireless for a demonstration network in upstate Maine. My wireline
business includes subscribers in NH and VT, and of course, the Verizon
sale of its rural properties in Norther New England affects Vermont as
well as Maine.

I recommend one reflect on the nature of "the public interest", and if
one can, find a distinction between promotion of the status quo, a
work of many many hands and many many dollars, lobbyists and
legislators, constraining public voice and data network
infrastructure, and the services that "ride atop" of that
infrastructure, in particular, the address and name allocations. As
the Department of Commerce observed only a few years ago, the reach of
"insiders" in ICANN is noteworthy, and the several private interests
are not identical to the public interest, in names, in numbers, and in
the regulation and finance of infrastructure over which both are
globally routed.


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