WISPA PRESS RELEASES

WISPA Statement on Today's House Spectrum Policy Hearing: Good Policy Must Help Entire Ecosystem Thrive, Especially Small Rural Providers

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Washington, DC, July 16, 2019 – WISPA is encouraged by today’s House hearing on building comprehensive spectrum policy.  To be sure, wireless services – which are carried via federally-limited spectrum – drive our digital economy and represent an important tool in bridging the digital divide.  For this success story to continue, policymakers have long known that all players in the wireless ecosystem need more spectrum.  Simply put, the Federal government must redouble its efforts to get more useful spectrum into the hands of those who can quickly put it to use. 

WISPA, Microsoft and Google Study Shows 80 Million Americans Can Be Served by Fixed Broadband in Shared C-Band Spectrum

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Washington DC, July 15, 2019 – WISPA, Microsoft and Google have filed a study at the Federal Communications Commission by Virginia Tech Professor Jeff Reed and colleagues that shows that current C-band earth stations are vastly overprotected, and right-sizing those protections can result in gigabit fixed broadband services for more than 80 million Americans, particularly in underserved communities.

WISPA Announces the Hiring of Louis Peraertz as Vice President of Policy

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Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) announced the hiring of Louis Peraertz as Vice President of Policy.  In this role, Louis will work to advance WISPA's successful track record before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and other federal agencies. 

WISPA Public Notice Comments on Satellite and Earth Station Operators' Rights

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Washington, DC, July 3, 2019 – WISPA filed comments with the FCC today (attached below) regarding the agency’s C-band-related inquiry on the nature of satellite and earth station operators’ rights.  In brief, our comments note that receive-only earth stations do not have license rights under Title III; their registration rights are not a sweeping grant of authority to use C-band spectrum to transmit, but are rather an exercise of the Commission’s ancillary authority under Title I of the Act for the limited purpose of interference protection.  That stated, the FCC does have authority to require new flexible-use C-band licensees to compensate receive-only earth station operators for modifying or relocating their registered facilities in exchange for clearing a portion of the band.

WISPA Pleased EBS and MTE Items on July Open Meeting Agenda

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Washington, DC, June 19, 2019 – Today, the FCC circulated a draft report and order, which, among other things, would afford EBS licensees additional flexibility by eliminating outdated educational requirements; allow the transfer of EBS licenses to commercial entities; and provide for the auction of that spectrum on a county-wide basis.  The agency also will consider an NPRM and Declaratory Ruling that would work to promote broadband deployment and competition in apartments, condominiums, office buildings, and other multiple tenant environments (MTEs). 

WISPs Urge Congress for Law, Policies That Help Build Wireless Broadband Infrastructure for Rural Americans

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Washington, DC, June 12, 2019 – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and broadband infrastructure provider, Crown Castle, hosted a congressional briefing for Hill staff and policymakers, outlining for attendees how the fixed wireless Internet industry is working to bridge the rural digital divide by deploying high-speed internet to unserved and underserved rural communities quickly and inexpensively.

WISPA Supports Microsoft’s TV White Space Petition, Would Help Get TVWS Spectrum into Productive Use

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Washington, DC, June 10, 2019 – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISP) filed comments in support of a Microsoft petition for rulemaking (Petition), which proposes changes to various FCC rules that would enable TV white space (TVWS) spectrum to be more efficiently and effectively deployed for rural broadband access.

WISPA Files Comments at FCC Supporting Commission's Update of OTARD Rule

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Washington, DC, June 3, 2019 – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) filed comments with the FCC strongly supporting the Commission’s proposal to modernize its OTARD rules to facilitate deployment of modern fixed wireless infrastructure by extending OTARD protection to hub and relay antennas at a consumer’s premises.

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