National Community Wireless Summit



Robert W. McChesney U of Illinois


Harold Feld

Policy discussion on FCC

Dinasaurs die hard. Similar to mid 90s. Tradegy of the 90s...

Technology doesn't want anything.

Tools for good or whatever.

It could go either way in Washington DC

Licensees have adopted new strategy.

There side... lots of lobbist..

What do we have?

Changing the world on 5 minutes a day.

We have full time jobs.

1) Recognition that we have to work together.

It's not one person, one conversation. Meeting with FCC people on a regular basis. Everybody has to comment on open FCC proceedings. Free up spectrum for community wireless. Each comment builds a record at the FCC. Our silence has an impact as well. The biggest fear our friends at the FCC is if there's a party and nobody shows up.

Find our voice.

It's *great* to have industry allies, but they can't be allowed to speak for us. If they do... then the backroom with Intel and Microsoft deal won't help except as an afterthought.

Find our voice. Here, Local, National. How to tell that story well? How to reach the people on the Hill. Polcy makers are very open when people have something to say.

Leaders who should be part of this movement shrug their shoulders when the FCC does something we don't like.

Jim Baller

Reminds him of the 1890s

Recognizing the importance of electrification

3000 communities developed their own electrical system.

Roughly 1000 communities sold their systems to private sector.

2000 are left in small, rural communities.

10K or less.

Some large public power SEATTLE, LA, JACKSONVILLE, ETC. Public could provide for themselves. Municipalized private power.

Fast forward a century.

Electrical utilities are massive uses of communication systems. Remote meter reading. As massive users they have infrastructure, relationships, ethics.