About WISPA

WISPA is THE voice of the fixed wireless broadband industry. We represent the entrepreneurs and innovators who deploy fixed wireless technologies to provide fast, affordable broadband internet service in their communities. Our members are small but mighty: local companies that provide their communities with broadband service, oftentimes with their first broadband connection, or effective broadband competition.

WISPA’s approximately 800 members are composed of fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and the industry that supports fixed wireless broadband including equipment suppliers, support services, and other components needed to run a successful business. Our members, and WISPs in general, provide broadband access to over 4 million residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.

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Washington, DC: WISPA filed comments with the FCC: PETITION BY...

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CBRS : MOVING FORWARD

Fixed Wireless Broadband Industry Projected to Nearly Double in Five Years, New Report...
Fixed Wireless Broadband Industry Projected to Nearly Double in Five Years, New Report...

Fixed Wireless Broadband Industry Projected to Nearly Double...

Fixed Wireless Broadband Industry Projected to Nearly Double in Five Years, New Report...

Fixed Wireless Broadband Industry Projected to Nearly Double in Five Years, New Report...

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: WISPER ISP AND JOINK
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: WISPER ISP AND JOINK

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: WISPER ISP AND JOINK

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: WISPER ISP AND JOINK

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: WISPER ISP AND JOINK

WISPA Rural Advocacy
WISPA Rural Advocacy

WISPA Rural Advocacy

WISPA Rural Advocacy

WISPA Rural Advocacy

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WISPA educates Congress about our industry and policy priorities.

WISPA Report November 21st, 2018
WISPA Report November 21st, 2018

WISPA Report November 21st, 2018

WISPA Report November 21st, 2018

WISPA Report November 21st, 2018

Record-Breaking Spring Show Fuels Optimism in the “Fixed Wireless” Broadband Access Industry

FCC’s Brendan Carr to Keynote WISPAmerica on March 20th
FCC’s Brendan Carr to Keynote WISPAmerica on March 20th

FCC’s Brendan Carr to Keynote WISPAmerica on March 20th

FCC’s Brendan Carr to Keynote WISPAmerica on March 20th

FCC’s Brendan Carr to Keynote WISPAmerica on March 20th

WISPA is pleased to announce that Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr will deliver the keynote address at WISPAmerica, on March 20th....

Claude’s Blog: Wild and Wonderful Fixed Wireless in West Virginia

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It is no secret that the rolling mountains and heavy forests of West Virginia make it beautiful but incredibly challenging to deploy broadband services. 

Fortunately, WISPA member MicroLogic is up to the task. Founded in 1994, Micrologic has 15 employees and 1500 customers in 9 counties surrounding Buckhannon, West Virginia. They, like many other WISPs, started out of a frustration about the lack of broadband in their community and a determination to do something about it.

Dept. of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Appoints WISPA's Claude Aiken, others to CSMAC to Help Shape U.S. Spectrum Policy

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Washington, DC, April 18, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, appointed Claude Aiken, president and CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC).  Aiken, as well as 29 other appointees, will advise the NTIA on spectrum policy aimed at boosting U.S. leadership in wireless technology.  The committee also works to ensure that critical government functions and national security interests have access to spectrum.

WISPA Applauds FCC's Proposed OTARD Update, Which Will Help Grow Rural Broadband

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Washington, DC, April 12, 2019 – Today, a unanimous FCC initiated a rulemaking proceeding which seeks to update its over-the-air-reception device (OTARD) rule.  Among other things, the Commission is proposing to allow broadband “hubs” – pizza box-sized technology – on private property to serve groups of homes and businesses, helping align OTARD rules with how today’s wireless broadband networks are being built. 

WISPA Urges Compromise Approach to H.R. 1644's Title II Policy, One Which Fosters Small Rural Internet Providers' Role in Bridging Digital Divide

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Washington, DC, April 10, 2019 – Today, the House passed H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019.  WISPA’s members provide fixed wireless broadband service to millions of rural Americans, and support transparent Internet openness.  While WISPA hopes this action represents the beginning of a bi-partisan process to help further the rollout of high-speed broadband to all Americans, we still remain concerned that re-imposing 85-year-old, Title II telephone regulation on the Internet is inapt for boosting Internet growth.  However, in the House’s efforts to address problems caused by behemoth ISPs, they are in essence building roadblocks for small and rural ISPs to deliver their services to their communities, almost exclusively in un-served and under-served rural America. 

WISPA files USDA comments, says "Rural-First" approach to spectrum policy best way to promote broadband to the heartland

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Washington, DC, April 1, 2019 – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (“WISPA”) filed comments with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) on its Notice of Inquiry about spectrum requirements for non-Federal spectrum users and what the FSA can do to improve the availability of broadband in rural areas (PDF attached).

Claude Aiken thanks WISPA members, attendees for making WISPAMERICA 2019 so awesome!

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I want to say THANKS for making WISPAmerica 2019 one of the most successful events we have ever hosted.  We had close to 1100 attendees from all parts of the diverse WISP ecosystem.  100-plus vendors, showing off the latest in technology, services and training.  And more than 50 events and sessions from WISP industry experts, on subjects like network engineering, tower safety, grassroots marketing, social media, accounting practices, and, of course, regulatory issues. 

 

WISPA's First Year with a Full-Time DC Presence

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One year ago today, I sat down at my desk and started working for WISPA, excited that I was getting the opportunity to give a voice to the small businesses at the forefront of closing the digital divide and providing competitive options everywhere. What a year it has been.

WISPA Proudly Announces Opening of WISPAMERICA ‘19 Convention

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Cincinnati, OH, March 19, 2019 – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is proud to convene WISPAMERICA ‘19, bringing together service providers, industry experts and leading suppliers in the fixed wireless Internet industry for three days of learning, networking and inspiration.  This year, the event lasts from March 19th thru the 21st at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

WISPA applauds today's FCC action looking into spurring secondary markets for spectrum

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Washington, DC, March 15, 2019 – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is encouraged by today’s FCC action, which creates a rulemaking to implement aspects of the MOBILE NOW Act.  Small rural providers – like our members, who provide fixed wireless broadband to millions of Americans – face a multitude of challenges in serving their communities. 

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“Thanks to everyone for their help, it’s the best of WISPA when everyone pitches in to help a WISP in trouble.”
       --- Forbes Mercy, President of Washington Broadband, Inc.

“WISPA has become our eyes, ears, and voice for keeping us informed and speaking on our behalf regarding new FCC regulations and other governmental legislation that could directly affect our business.”
       --- Jay Domingue, Radio Communications Service

“WISPA has provided focus and glue cementing together the many eclectic interests of the WISP industry. Everything from business centric urban operators like us to residential rural operators. ”
       --- Graeme Gibson, President & CEO of Computers & Tele-Comm, Inc.

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