Today, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced her plans to step down from the Federal Communications Commission after eight years on the job.
Today WISPA joined with a variety of business and consumer groups in supporting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a court case over the agency’s recently adopted “net neutrality” rules.
S. Jenell Trigg, a Member of Lerman Senter PLLC and a longtime adviser to WISPA, was appointed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to serve on the ACDDE Working Group on Digital Empowerment and Inclusion, which that will address new approaches to expanding access to emerging technologies in under-served and under-connected communities. Two other working groups will focus on diversity in broadcasting and in the tech sector.
In case you hadn’t heard, WISPA is in the midst of its most aggressive advocacy effort ever, working to block the mobile industry’s demands to erect barriers to our sector in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum band (3550-3700 MHz). Here’s an update on where we stand.
“We are excited by the president’s focus on rural broadband,” said WISPA Chairman Chuck Hogg. “With an estimated 24 million rural Americans on the wrong side of the digital divide, there is no higher priority in U.S. telecom policy than closing the rural broadband gap.”
As part of our continued advocacy on CBRS, WISPA participated in the development of the attached "big tent” letter which was signed by more than 160 companies, including dozens of WISPA members.
Read Article at BusinessWire.com
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) announced today the completion of the ten standards comprising the baseline specifications for commercial operations within the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. This watershed event allows the finalization of CBRS products already in various levels of testing and sets the stage for the rollout of commercial CBRS networks.
BUT FALLS SHORT OF ENSURING MAXIMUM BENEFITS FOR RURAL AMERICA -- WISPA PRESS RELEASE
Washington, DC -- The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) this week took the final steps required to launch its Connect America Fund Phase II auction (CAF II), which will provide up to nearly $2 billion over the next decade to expand fixed, high-speed Internet service in unserved rural areas.
Read Article at telecompetitor.com
WISPs had been anticipating even better fixed wireless economics, potentially creating a business case for even more unserved areas, thanks to new spectrum the FCC had planned to make available in the CBRS band. But those plans are in jeopardy now that large mobile carriers have asked the commission to change direction on CBRS.
DISCUSS THE 3700-4200 MHz BAND AND OFFER A PROPOSAL TO UPDATE THE “IBFS” DATABASE OF SATELLITE EARTH STATIONS -- DOWNLOADS: Ex Parte Letter and Attachment
The FCC is expected to vote on January 30 on rules that will govern the CAF II “reverse auction,” in which companies will bid to receive portions of a $2 billion fund to support voice and broadband deployment in under-served areas over the next 10 years.
As you know, WISPA and our allies are working to block the mobile industry’s demands to erect barriers to our sector in the CBRS spectrum band (3550-3700 MHz).
PRESS RELEASE & FCC FILING
Washington, DC – In comments filed today at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (www.WISPA.org) strongly objects to contemplated changes to licensing rules in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (“CBRS”) spectrum band, which it says would “deprive rural America of the best near-term opportunity to obtain access to sustainable, high-quality broadband service.”
Check out WISPA’s past articles, updates and filings - and learn how you can help - on our CBRS page.
WISPA commends the Federal Communications Commission for voting today to repeal its heavy-handed “Title II” or “net neutrality” regulations.
Read more at Fierce Wireless
The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is not giving up on its fight to keep existing 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) rules from being changed, paying a visit to the chief of the FCC and his staff for good measure.
Washington, DC – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today reached out to have conversations with several operators of small, fixed-wireless internet service providers (WISPs) about his “internet freedom” initiative.
Notice of Oral Ex Parte Presentation - Download
On December 5, 2017, on behalf of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association ("WISPA"), Jimmy Carr, CEO of All Points Broadband and a member of WISPA's Board of Directors, Ari Storch, and undersigned counsel to WISPA met with Chairman Ajit Pai, his Legal Advisor Rachael Bender, and his Communications Director Brian Hart to discuss issues related to the above-referenced proceeding.
Today, in an opinion piece
in the Wall Street Journal
, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outlines his proposal for a better approach to “net neutrality,” including a repeal of current rules that have created significant uncertainties and compliance burdens for small businesses that provide broadband.