I have been making calls today. The situation is moving in a more favorable direction. The relevant decision makers are getting our emails and see broad popular support for mesh as well as high-power.
Key issues on which decisions have not yet been made and where comments may prove helpful:
1) Allowing low power mobile devices in the band is critical to expanding mesh.
2) Low power mesh requires non-exclusivity and cheap equipment. The Commission should not impose overly conservative interference protection criteria that drive up price. Flexibility has been critical to the success of unlicensed as a networking solution.
3) Mesh devices must be allowed to communicate with each other in a peer-to-peer fashion, rather than requiring mesh devices to communicate with a high power base station.
4) Any system of licensing or registration must be non-exclusive; the Commission must not create a “first in time, first in right” licensing systems.
Remember, things are turning our way, but your comments are still needed to build a record to counter Intel and others. The Proceeding Number is 04-151. You can file comments by going here.
Stay tuned . . .