Personnaly I like the idea! packet radio is getting outdated. even with a 56.7kbps packet modem! which is overly complex and expensive. ive heard many ideas ranging from my favorite (a ETHERNET radio network running in the GHZ) to a new 56k packet network which is already outdated. I know many hams that would love an ethernet/satelite etc. radio network that could route them into the internet quickly (into the Megabits (T1 - T3)) for access time. Doppler shift COULD be a problem yes. BUT if so many commersial satelites already use highspeed networks why cant we? AMSAT was created for a reason, to get amatures useing space technology. The internet was made origionally to send data back and forth en-masse. AMATURES are here to have FUN!!!!!
Furthermore why all these heated discussions? we have GHZ of band space! if some hams only like cw thats great! data transmissions are crap on the bands that cw is most favored anyway. you like ssb? good for you yse ssb if you want. a Internet/Satalite etc link does not mean that you HAVE to use it because its their. I wont make you and neither will anyone else.
Maby you dont like homebrewing your equitment, that makes you no less an amature. If we have people joining amature radio just because it will get them internet at MB speeds for a small fee every year great they will help us just be existing (for example saving our bands forpm commersial buyers)
Lets get our heads on straight