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WISPA Commends Chairman Pai's Proposal to Resolve Underutilization of 5.9 GHz Band

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Today, Chairman Pai announced that he will circulate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would allocate 45 megahertz of the 5.9 GHz band for commercial unlicensed use.  Since it will be contiguous with other unlicensed spectrum, this could enable wireless internet service providers to offer faster services to their current customers and expand their service footprints. 

WISPA Welcomes MAPS Act Bill and Mapping Discussion, But Improvements Can Be Made

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The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee held a full committee markup of, among other pieces of legislation, H.R. 4227, the “Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services Act’’ or the “MAPS Act” - a bill which prohibts the submission of inaccurate information to the FCC as it redoes its broadband maps.  Though WISPA is encouraged by the MAPS Act, as well as Congress' interest in creating better broadband maps, the bill could be improved by not promoting the collection of latency and other quality of service information, which is not focused on broadband availability.   

Positive Development - Senators Wicker and Thune, FCC Chairman Pai Call for Public Auction, Etc. for C-band

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Senators Wicker and Thune today released draft legislation that would require a public auction of 280 MHz of C-band spectrum, with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai also noting today that he will seek to auction off 280 MHz of C-band via an FCC run public auction.  The positive developments, especially at the FCC, leave open the possibility that with a few technical rule changes, the FCC could easily and quickly permit new coordinated point-to-multi-point uses in the C-band.

WISPA Statement on House C-band Hearing: Policymakers Must Employ Sharing Too When Freeing Up C-band for New Uses

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Claude Aiken notes that sharing the C-band would go a long way toward meeting the stated goal of lawmakers and policymakers of bridging the digital divide.  It would quickly and cost-effectively help bring service to left-behind parts of America.  And, it would inject new competition to places that lack it.

WISPA Opposes CMA-Level Bidding for Priority Access Licenses

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After carefully considering the details of the CBRS PAL Auctions Procedures Public Notice, WISPA's VP of Policy, Louis Peraertz, notes CMA-level bidding will inhibit participation in the auction by small WISPs and others, meaning WISPA cannot support the Commission’s proposal as put forward.

WISPA Welcomes Court's Decision Upholding Key Aspects of FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order

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Today, the D.C. Circuit upheld key aspects of the FCC's 2018 Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO).  Though we are still carefully reviewing the D.C. Circuit’s decision, we welcome its outcome.  The onerous Title II rules, which the FCC adopted in 2015, presented a significant obstacle to deployment for our members, the overwhelming majority of whom are small ISPs serving underserved rural communities.  The RIFO for the most part represents the right approach to these matters – one which keeps inapt, utility regulation away from the Internet, and in doing so, promotes ubiquitous broadband deployment via the light-touch regulatory regime WISPA has favored. 

The FCC Is Asking the Right Questions to Make Mapping Better to Increase Broadband Availability

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WISPA files Joint Comments with USTelecom and ITTA, as well as its own comments, on the FCC's Digital Opportunity Data Collection Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.  In the Joint Filing, the commenters call for the implementation of the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric to make location-based data collection hyper-accurate; and in the WISPA comments, we ask the FCC for “safe harbors” for fixed wireless broadband data reporting specifically geared to the technology and the spectrum band being used.

WISPA Favors Much of RDOF Proposal, But Small Changes Could Make It Even Better for WISPs, Rural Americans

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Comments filed by WISPA reveal that the association favors much of the FCC's proposed $20 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, including its proposal to allocate support based on the successful Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase II reverse auction process, as well as the adoption of certain performance requirements and enforcement mechanisms.  WISPA also offered some suggestions to make the program even better for WISPs and rural Americans.  

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.

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