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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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CBRS : MOVING FORWARD
CBRS : MOVING FORWARD

CBRS : MOVING FORWARD

CBRS : MOVING FORWARD

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

Wireless Broadband Providers Urge FCC to Expedite Spectrum-Sharing...
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WISPA Public Notice Comments on Satellite and Earth Station Operators' Rights

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Washington, DC, July 3, 2019 – WISPA filed comments with the FCC today (attached below) regarding the agency’s C-band-related inquiry on the nature of satellite and earth station operators’ rights.  In brief, our comments note that receive-only earth stations do not have license rights under Title III; their registration rights are not a sweeping grant of authority to use C-band spectrum to transmit, but are rather an exercise of the Commission’s ancillary authority under Title I of the Act for the limited purpose of interference protection.  That stated, the FCC does have authority to require new flexible-use C-band licensees to compensate receive-only earth station operators for modifying or relocating their registered facilities in exchange for clearing a portion of the band.

WISPA Pleased EBS and MTE Items on July Open Meeting Agenda

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Washington, DC, June 19, 2019 – Today, the FCC circulated a draft report and order, which, among other things, would afford EBS licensees additional flexibility by eliminating outdated educational requirements; allow the transfer of EBS licenses to commercial entities; and provide for the auction of that spectrum on a county-wide basis.  The agency also will consider an NPRM and Declaratory Ruling that would work to promote broadband deployment and competition in apartments, condominiums, office buildings, and other multiple tenant environments (MTEs). 

WISPs Urge Congress for Law, Policies That Help Build Wireless Broadband Infrastructure for Rural Americans

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Washington, DC, June 12, 2019 – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and broadband infrastructure provider, Crown Castle, hosted a congressional briefing for Hill staff and policymakers, outlining for attendees how the fixed wireless Internet industry is working to bridge the rural digital divide by deploying high-speed internet to unserved and underserved rural communities quickly and inexpensively.

WISPA Supports Microsoft’s TV White Space Petition, Would Help Get TVWS Spectrum into Productive Use

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Washington, DC, June 10, 2019 – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISP) filed comments in support of a Microsoft petition for rulemaking (Petition), which proposes changes to various FCC rules that would enable TV white space (TVWS) spectrum to be more efficiently and effectively deployed for rural broadband access.

WISPA Files Comments at FCC Supporting Commission's Update of OTARD Rule

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Washington, DC, June 3, 2019 – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) filed comments with the FCC strongly supporting the Commission’s proposal to modernize its OTARD rules to facilitate deployment of modern fixed wireless infrastructure by extending OTARD protection to hub and relay antennas at a consumer’s premises.

WISPA Urges FCC To Update Its Rules To Foster More Active Secondary Market, Get Spectrum Into Use

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Washington, DC, June 3, 2019 – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) filed comments with the FCC on partitioning, disaggregation, and leasing of spectrum which generally support the Commission’s objectives, and which call for other incentives to foster a more active secondary market, boosting licensed spectrum use and quicker deployment, especially in rural areas.

Christina’s Blog: Congress should recognize fixed wireless plays important role in bridging rural digital divide

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Earlier in May, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held an FCC oversight hearing, touching on a wide range of communications policy issues.  Of these, the area that saw much agreement between Members and the empaneled FCC Commissioners was the need to eradicate the rural divide and expeditiously get broadband out to the forgotten areas of America.

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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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