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FCC Must Choose Between Many or Few with Spectrum Rule Change

Reproduced with permission. Published May 15, 2018. Copyright 2018 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)

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A proposed rule change before the Federal Communications Commission for spectrum licenses in the 3.5 GHz band presents a clear choice between the needs of the few and the needs of the many—though with some complications.

WISPA and Diverse Coalition of Allies Unite on CBRS Spectrum Proposal


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Washington, DC – A large, diverse coalition representing thousands of companies and organizations – including the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) – today proposed a compromise approach to the licensing of Priority Access Licenses (PALs) in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum band (CBRS, 3550-3700 MHz).

WISPs Renew Call for Use of Census Tracts for 3.5 GHz Band PALs


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Representatives of wireless Internet service providers today renewed their call for the FCC to retain census tracts as the geographic area for licensing priority access licenses (PALs) in the 3.5 gigahertz band Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), rather than using larger geographic areas favored by nationwide providers, CTIA, and the Competitive Carriers Association.

WISPA Statement on CTIA-CCA proposal in the CBRS band

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The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and CTIA on April 20 submitted a proposal to the FCC to auction Priority Access Licenses (PAL) in the CBRS band based on Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the top 306 Cellular Market Areas (CMAs) and county-based areas in the remaining 428 CMAs.


WISPA strongly objected to this proposal, issuing the following statement by WISPA President Claude Aiken to the media:

Wireless Innovation Forum Completes Foundational Standards Enabling Operation in the 3.5 GHz CBRS Band

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WASHINGTON--()--The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) announced today the completion of the ten standards comprising the baseline specifications for commercial operations within the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. This watershed event allows the finalization of CBRS products already in various levels of testing and sets the stage for the rollout of commercial CBRS networks.

CBRS Rules and Wireless ISPs: What Impact Would Contemplated Changes Have?

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WISPs had been anticipating even better fixed wireless economics, potentially creating a business case for even more unserved areas, thanks to new spectrum the FCC had planned to make available in the CBRS band. But those plans are in jeopardy now that large mobile carriers have asked the commission to change direction on CBRS.

WISPA Rejects Possible Changes to CBRS Licensing Rules, Noting They Would Deprive Rural America of the Best Near-Term Opportunity to Obtain Access to Broadband


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Washington, DC – In comments filed today at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (www.WISPA.org) strongly objects to contemplated changes to licensing rules in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (“CBRS”) spectrum band, which it says would “deprive rural America of the best near-term opportunity to obtain access to sustainable, high-quality broadband service.”

CBRS -- Meeting with FCC Chairman Pai

Notice of Oral Ex Parte Presentation - Download

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On December 5, 2017, on behalf of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association ("WISPA"), Jimmy Carr, CEO of All Points Broadband and a member of WISPA's Board of Directors, Ari Storch, and undersigned counsel to WISPA met with Chairman Ajit Pai, his Legal Advisor Rachael Bender, and his Communications Director Brian Hart to discuss issues related to the above-referenced proceeding.

CBRS Webinar: How You Can Help Meet The Threat

Tuesday, Nov. 7th from 2PM - 3PM EST

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Please join WISPA for a detailed discussion of the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the 3550-3700Mhz band, our strategy going forward, and how our members can help us protect this critical spectrum.

WISPs See 3.5 GHz in Small License Sizes as Critical to Broadband in Rural America

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Wireless ISPs, backed up by Google and other advocates of unlicensed spectrum, are mounting an all-out challenge to get the FCC to make changes to its 3.5 GHz NPRM to be voted at the Oct. 24 commissioners’ meeting.