WISPA NEWS

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Washington, DC, March 6, 2019 - "Today the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill to reinstate the FCC’s repealed Title II Net Neutrality regulations.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.

WISPA Files Comments at FCC in 6GHz Proceeding

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Many rural Americans rely on unlicensed spectrum for their broadband connection. But that spectrum is becoming noisy and crowded, and with licensed spectrum locked up by larger providers, small fixed wireless broadband providers who want to offer uncapped high-speed service find themselves with limited ability to do so. It is critical for rural broadband that more outdoor-friendly unlicensed spectrum be made available. Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (“WISPA”) is pleased to support the Commission’s efforts to make available 1200 megahertz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band for unlicensed use.

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