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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. 

WISPA Urges Compromise Approach to H.R. 1644's Title II Policy, One Which Fosters Small Rural Internet Providers' Role in Bridging Digital Divide

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Washington, DC, April 10, 2019 – Today, the House passed H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019.  WISPA’s members provide fixed wireless broadband service to millions of rural Americans, and support transparent Internet openness.  While WISPA hopes this action represents the beginning of a bi-partisan process to help further the rollout of high-speed broadband to all Americans, we still remain concerned that re-imposing 85-year-old, Title II telephone regulation on the Internet is inapt for boosting Internet growth.  However, in the House’s efforts to address problems caused by behemoth ISPs, they are in essence building roadblocks for small and rural ISPs to deliver their services to their communities, almost exclusively in un-served and under-served rural America. 

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. 

 

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