Negotiating Wi-Fi Deals

Sapronov, Walt; Kumar, Ashok
April 2005
Business Communications Review;Apr2005, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p32
Trade Publication
This article presents information regarding Wireless access, as a substitute for digital subscriber line (DSL) and other wireline Internet access, is fast coming into vogue. The benefits of doing so for both enterprise customers and suppliers are readily apparent. In addition to economics, the provision of Wi-Fi-at least for now, is unregulated, providers such as Wayport, Sprint and T-Mobile typically offer Wi-Fi either as Internet access, an unregulated information service, or as private carriage, a recognized exception to federal common carrier regulation. This carries with it a number of advantages. First, current FCC rules exempt Wi-Fi Internet access from universal service fund (USF) charges, currently assessed on carriers at roughly 10 percent of interstate and international carrier end user revenues and typically passed on to end user customers. In addition, the service will provide a relatively inexpensive substitute for in-house distribution and LAN wiring. Taken together, the avoided costs are considerable and make Wi-Fi an especially attractive alternative for new buildings and campus developments.


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