WISPA Sends Industry Letter with 233 Signatures to Congress Urging Support of C-band Sharing

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Over the August recess, WISPA organized the WISP ecosystem to tell Congress that the fixed wireless industry demands shared access to the C-band.   Today, WISPA sent a letter voicing that concern (text below), signed by 233 WISP industry companies and individuals, delivering it to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, all Members in each of those Committees, and all five FCC Commissioners.

WISPA Urges FCC to Prohibit Anti-Competitive MTE Arrangements and Practices

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In a filing made at the FCC today, WISPA noted its support for the Commission’s re-evaluation of its MTE rules, and called for the agency to prohibit such practices as unreasonable revenue sharing, exclusive marketing and exclusive wiring agreements.  WISPA believes these and other discriminatory practices harm competition and far outweigh any purported consumer benefits envisaged by the outdated rules.

WISPA Files Reply Comments at FCC on Its C-Band Sharing Study

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WISPA made two related reply comment filings at the FCC today regarding its WISPA/Microsoft/Google-sponsored C-band sharing study, which shows that sharing in the C-band can safely occur, and if it is allowed, more than 80 million Americans could benefit from new broadband offerings in the band as a result.

WISPA Greatly Encouraged by FCC's RDOF and DODC Efforts to Decrease Rural Digital Divide

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Today, the FCC began to reshape its efforts to get all Americans online with the adoption of its Rural Digital Opportunities Fund NPRM (RDOF) and Digital Opportunity Data Collection Order and 2nd FNPRM (DODC).  Though details still need ironing out, the Commission’s work here will ultimately reduce the rural-urban divide that undermines widespread American prosperity. 

WISPA Pleased by FCC Public Notice Inviting Comment on the WISPA/Google/Microsoft C-Band Sharing Study

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Washington, DC, July 19, 2019 – We are greatly pleased the FCC is inviting comment on the WISPA/Google/Microsoft C-band co-channel sharing study, which we believe confirms that non-harmful shared access by both satellite earth stations and fixed point-to-multipoint (P2MP) wireless services can safely occur in the C-band.  

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 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.

WISPA's Input into NTIA's National Spectrum Strategy

WISPA files with the NTIA

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The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (“WISPA”) hereby comments in response to the Notice and Request for Comments (“RFC”) in the above-captioned proceeding regarding developing a comprehensive, long-term national spectrum strategy.1




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An overview of significant federal and state programs providing grants, loans, and subsidies for fixed and mobile broadband, including federal/state universal service funds and US Department of Agriculture programs. Attendees will gain insight into available sources of funds to assist in building a viable business plan for broadband in rural unserved and underserved areas. 



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The FCC has recently adopted new rules for CBRS.  What do they mean?  Can you still access a PAL?  What are the implications on CBRS and WISP uses?  What's next?  When will the spectrum be commercially available?  Can I use GAA this year and if so, what will need to be done to start using the Band?  If I have Part 90 equipment, how can I transition it to CBRS equipment?  When will the FCC auction PAL spectrum?  What will the auction rules look like?  What do I need to do to make my network “CBRS ready?”  Get answers to these questions and others during this important Webinar.

WISPA Comments on NDAA


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WISPA filed Comments today in response to an FCC Public Notice seeking public input on the interplay between provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act and the FCC’s USF programs as they relate to equipment manufactured by ZTE and Huawei.

WISPA and Broadband Access Coalition Agree: Expanding Shared Use of C-Band Spectrum Will Address Digital Divide


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Washington, DC – Members of the Broadband Access Coalition – a large and diverse group of tech companies, broadband ISPs, and non-profit public policy groups, including the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) as a founding member – today submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on its proposal to expand the use of mid-band spectrum in the C-Band (3.7-4.2 GHz).

WISPA Disappointed with FCC’s CBRS Vote But Sees New Opportunities for Rural Broadband; Welcomes New Rulemaking for the 6 GHz Band


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Washington, DC – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is disappointed that the Federal Communications Commission voted today to set aside the widely supported, pro-rural, pro-innovation rules in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum band (CBRS, 3550-3700 MHz) and instead adopt a new approach that will slow the future deployment of broadband networks in rural America.