WISPA NEWS

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.

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.

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