Yearly Archives: 2015

The FCC’s order opens the door for financial instability and corruption

So say the 11 states who filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of Tennessee and North Carolina in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  This action by the states was highlighted in an article on posted yesterday and reinforced by a study conducted by Phoenix Center’s Chief Economist Dr. George S. Ford referenced Wednesday on regarding the same topic.  First from the article.

Officials from 11 states are siding with North Carolina and Tennessee in their battle with the Federal Communications Commission about limits on muni-broadband networks.

The states are asking the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate a recent FCC order that invalidated limits on muni-broadband in North Carolina and Tennessee….

“The FCC’s broad preemption of state municipal broadband regulation eliminates states’ control over their own subdivisions and frustrates state efforts to increase access to broadband,” the group of states argues in a friend-of-the-court brief filed recently with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The states contend that laws restricting muni-broadband offer “important checks on abuse and mismanagement.”

“The FCC’s order prevents states from governing their own instrumentalities, broadly usurps power without authority, and opens the door for financial instability and corruption,” they argue. The states signing the friend-of-the-court brief are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia.

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Secondly, the Forbes articles details a 2014 report that finds that Government Owned Networks (GONs) are not good for the consumer and in fact most of the time have higher initial costs as well as a longer term tax burden that everyone pays even if they use a private company for internet service.

The most oft-repeated myth about GONs is that they improve outcomes for consumers.

This myth persists despite the fact that studies show these systems don’t offer better prices. Indeed, in 2014 Phoenix Center Chief Economist Dr. George S. Ford examined whether municipal wireline broadband service providers offered better triple play prices (the combo package of broadband, video and phone) than privately-owned broadband service providers. Dr. Ford concluded, “The evidence suggests that the government’s provision of broadband services does not lead to lower prices. While municipal entry may serve valid purposes, lower prices do not appear to be one of them.”

While technology is changing so fast, government works at glacier speeds, and their operations are typically bureaucratic, inefficient and costly. That cost often translates into higher price and lower consumer demand for municipally-provided broadband services.  In fact, a quick review of dozens of municipal broadband ventures shows a very long list of bankruptcies and ventures that lead to higher consumer cost and taxpayer burden.  But, governments don’t go out of business, they simply push their losses to consumers and taxpayers.

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Tennessee Wireless Commercial Services Case Study

Need help making technical decisions for your Business?  Business Service is what we do best!  We want to see the local businesses thrive in the rural communities of Middle Tennessee.  That is what sets us apart from the large national providers.  We support our local businesses and offer solid technical advice that will help your business succeed.  Technology should add value to your business not take away revenue.

Here is a quick case example of how we helped one business client.

The new client is a single location with two operating businesses: a fuel station and sandwich shop. The previous internet service provider required two satellite dishes to serve both sides of the business.

When a business requires a secure reliable internet service to process credit card payments, it cannot run the risk of having a weather related outage, excessively high latency, or limited upload speeds.  All of these limitations can cause payments to fail resulting in frustrated customers, stressed clerks, and lost revenue.

While the next generation of satellite service did much to compress the download and give the appearance of faster speed, it is still a very high latency solution with a very minimal upload. In addition, because of the high frequency and distance of the radio connection, it will always be impacted by the weather.

The customer called Tennessee Wireless for help.

When they technicians arrived onsite they performed the following speed test to check the current connection.

Tennessee Wireless Client

Fortunately, the client was located within the Tennessee Wireless service area near the Hurricane Mills’ Access Point. The technicians were able to install this customer on a new business class service.  Tennessee Wireless is a local company who understands how good network engineering benefits our clients’ business.  As such, we were able to provide expert advice on what equipment was needed and how it should be configured to maximize the performance and reliability of both the internal customer network and the connection to the internet.

The technicians were able to install a single radio to serve both locations and provide 24/7 network monitoring at a lower price.  The total performance available at the site is shown below.

The results to the customer is a network that provides more speed that keeps the connection from dragging down when processing the client credit card orders, less latency that provides a better surfing experience, and a monitored reliable connection that does not cut out due to bad weather, making the network available when it is needed.

If you have network performance or internet needs, call Tennessee Wireless today at (931) 729-4090 or click the Contact Us link above.

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