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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. 

Statement of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) for today's Senate hearing on "The Impact of Broadband Investments in Rural America"

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Washington, DC, March 12, 2019 – Approximately 24 million Americans – many living in rural communities – lack adequate broadband access.  Though hundreds of billions of dollars of private and public investment have flowed into U.S. networks since 2005, this stubborn rural gap remains.  WISPA is pleased that witnesses at today’s hearing, which included WISPA member Justin Forde of Midcontinent Communications based in Sioux Falls, SD, recognize the need for federal subsidies to help bridge this gap, for accurate mapping to determine where subsidies are allocated, and for government agencies to avoid subsidizing broadband overbuilds.  WISPA also appreciates witness statements acknowledging the importance of spectrum for quick and affordable broadband deployment in places where sparsely populated areas do not justify the investment in fiber.    

 

WISPA says U.S. House Net Neutrality Bill Misses the Mark, "Light Touch" Better

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Washington, DC, March 6, 2019 - "Today the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill to reinstate the FCC’s repealed Title II Net Neutrality regulations.  WISPA is heartened by the fact that Congress has taken a renewed interest in this important matter, but we feel, as we did with the repealed regulations, that they fail to encourage the widespread deployment and adoption of Internet infrastructure, especially in under-served, rural areas of America. 

 

(WISPA) announces the hiring of Mike Wendy to lead the association’s policy and grassroots communications efforts.

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The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) announces the hiring of Mike Wendy to lead the association’s policy and grassroots communications efforts.  In this capacity, Mike will work to advance the advocacy of the fixed wireless industry among local and national press outlets, and help its more than 800 members speak effectively to policymakers about the challenges they face bringing high-speed Internet to nearly four million, mainly rural Americans.

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