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WISPs Renew Call for Use of Census Tracts for 3.5 GHz Band PALs

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Representatives of wireless Internet service providers today renewed their call for the FCC to retain census tracts as the geographic area for licensing priority access licenses (PALs) in the 3.5 gigahertz band Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), rather than using larger geographic areas favored by nationwide providers, CTIA, and the Competitive Carriers Association.

WISPA Statement on CTIA-CCA proposal in the CBRS band

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The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and CTIA on April 20 submitted a proposal to the FCC to auction Priority Access Licenses (PAL) in the CBRS band based on Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the top 306 Cellular Market Areas (CMAs) and county-based areas in the remaining 428 CMAs.

 

WISPA strongly objected to this proposal, issuing the following statement by WISPA President Claude Aiken to the media:

WISP Industry Adviser Named to FCC Diversity Committee Working Group

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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.

WISPA PRAISES TRUMP’S RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN, BUT CAUTIONS AGAINST OVER-RELIANCE ON FEDERAL SUBSIDIES

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“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.”

Wireless Innovation Forum Completes Foundational Standards Enabling Operation in the 3.5 GHz CBRS Band

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WASHINGTON--()--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.

FCC FINALIZES PLANS FOR CONNECT AMERICA FUND PHASE II AUCTION,

BUT FALLS SHORT OF ENSURING MAXIMUM BENEFITS FOR RURAL AMERICA -- WISPA PRESS RELEASE

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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.

CBRS Rules and Wireless ISPs: What Impact Would Contemplated Changes Have?

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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.

CONNECT AMERICA FUND: Working for a Cost-Effective, Performance-Based Subsidy System

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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.

WISPA Rejects Possible Changes to CBRS Licensing Rules, Noting They Would Deprive Rural America of the Best Near-Term Opportunity to Obtain Access to Broadband

PRESS RELEASE & FCC FILING

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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.”
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