Fwd: Re: HB 139 - WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS

Jeff Anderson jefferya at programmerq.net
Mon Jan 28 11:33:13 MST 2008


I would love to go to this, but I have classes all day Thursday so there 
will be no way for me to go. Too bad.

Jeff Anderson

Lonnie Olson wrote:
>
>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: HB 139 - WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS
> Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 09:36:19 -0700
> From: Bradley Daw <bdaw at utah.gov>
> To: <lonnie at lonnieolson.com>
>
> I will be hosting a meeting here in the Capitol on Thursday, January
> 31st at 3:00 P.M.  We will be discussing House Bill 139 about public
> wireless access.  I will be in attendance along with some members of the
> Attorney General’s staff and members of the Xmission ISP staff.  Anyone
> is invited to attend, and please let us know if you will be able to.
>
> The meeting will be held in the East (Senate) Building, in the Beehive
> room which is just south of the cafeteria on the first floor.  I hope to
> see you there.
>
>
>>>> Lonnie Olson <lonnie at lonnieolson.com> 01/24/08 9:54 PM >>>
> I am a member of your district (31).
>
> I have read through the bill regarding Public Wireless Internet access.
>
> http://le.utah.gov/~2008/bills/hbillint/hb0139.htm
>
> This is a very bad idea.  I have worked in the IT industry for over 8
> years.  3 of those in the role of Senior System Administrator at
> ArosNet (now defunct) Utah ISP.  I have lots of experience with not
> only the technology, but also the reality of implementing filtering
> technologies.  Implementations of filtering technologies is
> difficult.  Implementing them well enough to point of 100% accuracy is
> *impossible*.  Without 100% accuracy, this new law opens up any public
> wireless operator to great potential of lawsuits.
>
> The result of this proposed legislation limits wireless network
> operators to two choices: 1) close access, and limit to "authorized
> people", or 2) shutdown the network completely.  Unfortunately choice
> #1 isn't an option for 90% of the free wireless networks in Utah, as
> the added administrative and technical costs would turn the whole
> project too deep in the whole to be valuable.
>
> The impact of these network shutdowns on Utah society, as well as our
> image, would be horrendous.  Finding wireless internet access in
> common gathering places like Salt Lake City Main Street, libraries,
> Liberty Park, Pioneer Park and much of Ogden will become next to
> impossible.
>
> See Pete Ashdown's (Owner of Xmission) opinion of the proposed
> legislation.
> http://peteashdown.org/journal/2008/01/24/the-end-of-free-xmission-wireless/ 
>
>
> Please consider the ramification of this bill, and vote it down.  Show
> your representation, and represent the good of our state.  I know you
> will do the right thing, that is why I voted for you.
>
> Lonnie Olson
> 823 Elgin Avenue
> Salt Lake City, UT  84106-1603
> 801-484-0440
>
>
>
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