WISPA Leery of Unintended Consequences, Asks Commission to Open T-Mobile / Sprint Merger Deal to Robust Public Comment

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Washington, DC, May 20, 2019 – Today, after the latest round of merger concessions from T-Mobile and Sprint – which, among other things, promises to bring 5G services “deep into rural areas, with 85% of rural Americans covered within three years and 90% covered within six years” – FCC Chairman Ajit Pai believes a merged company is in the public interest and intends to recommend that the FCC approve it.

FCC Appoints Claude Aiken to BDAC, Reappoints Elizabeth Bowles to BDAC Chair

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Washington, DC, May 16, 2019 – Today, the FCC announced the appointment of Claude Aiken, president and CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), and reappointment of Elizabeth Bowles, former president of WISPA, and CEO and Chairman of the Board of Aristotle Unified Communications, to the agency’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC).  Aiken will serve as a general member of BDAC, and Bowles will serve her second appointment as Chair of the committee.

WISPA statement on the resignation of NTIA's David Redl

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Washington, DC, May 9, 2019 – Today NTIA Administrator, David Redl, announced his resignation.  The following is a statement, which can be attributed to Claude Aiken, president and CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA):


Guest Blog: Wi-Fi NOW Chairman & CEO, Claus Hettig

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How the ‘double sixes’ of Wi-Fi are driving a fixed wireless Renaissance

In terms of political clout and raw market value, Wi-Fi and unlicensed bands have long lived in the deep shadow of its cellular brethren. But even as 5G continues to loom large, the truth is that Wi-Fi and unlicensed bands as of right now have never been blessed with a brighter future. And that future is all about the ‘double sixes’: Wi-Fi 6 and 6 GHz. The double sixes will be of paramount important to WISPs everywhere.

WISPA pleased White House / Congressional D's to work on infrastructure bill; package must recognize spectrum as infrastructure and promote meaningful access to it for WISPs

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Washington, DC, April 30, 2019 – WISPA is pleased by today’s apparent agreement by the White House and Congressional Democrats to work on a $2 trillion legislative package to rebuild and improve America’s crumbling infrastructure.  WISPA believes that meaningful access to new spectrum must play an important role in the as-of-yet unwritten legislative package, and that wireless internet service providers (WISPs) should have the same access to infrastructure and deployment opportunities.

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.