WISPA NEWS

RUS Announces Availability of Broadband Grants and Loans

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In two Federal Register publications this month, the Rural Utilities Service announced that it would be accepting applications for the Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program, and the Community Connect grant program. These programs make low-cost loans and grants available to construct broadband networks in areas that do not currently have broadband service. More information can be found at the RUS website.

WISPA Names Aiken President, CEO

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The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) announced today that it has hired its first full-time president and chief executive officer, Claude Aiken, who left the FCC last week as wireline legal adviser to Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn (TR Daily, March 22). Mr. Aiken will be based in Washington and started his new position today.

WISP Industry Adviser Named to FCC Diversity Committee Working Group

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S. Jenell Trigg, a Member of Lerman Senter PLLC and a longtime adviser to WISPA, was appointed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to serve on the ACDDE Working Group on Digital Empowerment and Inclusion, which that will address new approaches to expanding access to emerging technologies in under-served and under-connected communities. Two other working groups will focus on diversity in broadcasting and in the tech sector.

Leaders in Fixed Wireless Declare the State of the Industry is Strong During Widely Attended Spring Show

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WISPAMERICA 2018, hosted by the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (www.WISPA.org), attracted nearly 800 leaders from more than 400 companies from across the country. WISPA is a membership-driven organization dedicated to the advancement of the WISP industry.

WISPA PRAISES TRUMP’S RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN, BUT CAUTIONS AGAINST OVER-RELIANCE ON FEDERAL SUBSIDIES

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“We are excited by the president’s focus on rural broadband,” said WISPA Chairman Chuck Hogg. “With an estimated 24 million rural Americans on the wrong side of the digital divide, there is no higher priority in U.S. telecom policy than closing the rural broadband gap.”

WISPA MEETS WITH NTIA STAFF TO DISCUSS RURAL BROADBAND "ACTION CLUSTER" AND "SUPERCLUSTER" INITIATIVES

DOWNLOAD: New Smart Agriculture and Rural SuperCluster

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For rural communities, the SuperCluster will focus on bridging the digital divide and closing the homework gap, improving healthcare and the ability to age in place and improving economic development while spurring innovation.  Companies, communities, counties, federal agencies and universities are already participating.

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.
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