WISPA PRESS RELEASES

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a draft report and order, which, among other things, would afford EBS licensees additional flexibility by eliminating outdated educational requirements; allow the transfer of EBS licenses to commercial entities; and provide for the auction of that spectrum on a county-wide basis.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.

WISPA Urges FCC To Update Its Rules To Foster More Active Secondary Market, Get Spectrum Into Use

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Washington, DC, June 3, 2019 – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) filed comments with the FCC on partitioning, disaggregation, and leasing of spectrum which generally support the Commission’s objectives, and which call for other incentives to foster a more active secondary market, boosting licensed spectrum use and quicker deployment, especially in rural areas.

WISPA Leery of Unintended Consequences, Asks Commission to Open T-Mobile / Sprint Merger Deal to Robust Public Comment

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Washington, DC, May 20, 2019 – Today, after the latest round of merger concessions from T-Mobile and Sprint – which, among other things, promises to bring 5G services “deep into rural areas, with 85% of rural Americans covered within three years and 90% covered within six years” – FCC Chairman Ajit Pai believes a merged company is in the public interest and intends to recommend that the FCC approve it.

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.

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