[UPHPU] Fwd: HB 139 (Wireless Internet Access Requirements, Chief Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw)

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at bluesunhosting.com
Wed Jan 23 17:16:21 MST 2008

For those not on the other lists that got this message from Steve  

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Steve <smorrey at gmail.com>
> Date: 23 January 2008 16:09:16 MST
> To: bdaw at utah.gov, "Provo Linux Users Group Mailing List" <plug at plug.org 
> >, "Salt Lake Linux Users Group Discussions" <sllug-members at sllug.org>
> Subject: HB 139 (Wireless Internet Access Requirements, Chief  
> Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw)
> Reply-To: Provo Linux Users Group Mailing List <plug at plug.org>
> Hello,
> My name is Steven, I am one of your constituents, I live in Orem, and
> after reading HB 139 I am sorry to say I voted for you.
> This bill, http://le.utah.gov/~2008/bills/hbillint/hb0139.htm
> represents the diametric opposite of everything you claim to
> represent.
> According to your website http://www.braddaw.com/
> You claim you are... "Solidly conservative. I believe in limited
> government, low taxes, property and gun ownership rights.."
> HB 139 now increases the role of the government, by creating 2 new
> crimes that will have to go through the court system, and furthermore
> it deprives property owners of their rights to freely share their
> property for the betterment of others.
> This bill is the equivalent of passing a law that says "You must build
> a 10 foot tall razor wire fence around your property, so that kids
> cannot play hide and seek in your back yard."  In other words, it's a
> bit silly and impossible to enforce properly.
> Furthermore you claim you are a, "Technology expert. My profession in
> computer engineering gives me additional insight into technology
> issues facing Utah..."
> If you are a technology expert than you should be well aware of the
> following facts...
> #1 Minors can have Credit Cards, every bank gives them out like candy
> now days, even the local gas station will give you a pre-paid credit
> Visa or Mastercard for a $5.00 reloading charge.
> #2 There is no conceivable way to implement this plan i.e. allowing
> some to connect while disallowing others, while still maintaining an
> "open" wireless network.  What you describe is in fact the exact
> opposite of open.  It is a closed network, where only a few are
> allowed to connect, and only if they have their "papers".  You are in
> essence saying "no more free and open WiFi in the State of Utah".
> This will have the effect of making Utah the laughing stock of the
> nation as other communities begin to build out open wifi
> infrastructure and reap the benefits of the free flow of information.
> #3 This bill would effectively kill the community WiFi initiatives
> such as the one put into place by Salt Lake City and Xmission, that
> allow for ubiquitous wifi access in downtown Salt Lake, and even areas
> such as Liberty park.
> I am not writing this letter to urge you to change your opinion.
> I am writing this letter to inform you that by sponsoring this bill,
> you have lost my confidence and my vote.
> In the future I will work directly against you to make sure that you
> are not re-elected, since you clearly do not represent the interests
> of those you claim to serve.
> You sir are a fraud, and by sponsoring this legislation you have  
> proven it.
> I am submitting this letter and this information to several local
> technology group mailing lists, since you are a "technology expert"
> according to your bio, you know it will become a permanent part of the
> internet.  One that I hope your opponents are able to use against you
> in the coming elections.
> Sincerely,
> Steve

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