WISPA announces the hiring of Mike Wendy to lead the association’s policy and grassroots communications efforts

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The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) announces the hiring of Mike Wendy to lead the association’s policy and grassroots communications efforts.  In this capacity, Mike will work to advance the advocacy of the fixed wireless industry among local and national press outlets, and help its more than 800 members speak effectively to policymakers about the challenges they face bringing high-speed Internet to nearly four million, mainly rural Americans.

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 Following “Net Neutrality” Court Case with Interest

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Washington, DC – The following statement may be attributed to Claude Aiken, president of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (www.WISPA.org), regarding oral arguments being heard today in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on the Federal Communications Commission’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order.  


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Washington, DC – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) welcomes the news that the U.S. Senate voted last night to reconfirm Federal Communications Commission member Brendan Carr for a second term and to confirm Geoffrey Starks as a new commissioner.

“We appreciate that Commissioner Carr has taken an interest in fixed wireless broadband, including visits to several WISPs and WISP-enabled rural businesses,” said WISPA President Claude Aiken. “He understands the crucial role our members are playing in closing the digital divide, and the need for better infrastructure, spectrum, and subsidy policies to help us do so.”

"WISPA also welcomes the elevation of Geoffrey Starks, a longtime public servant at the FCC and the Department of Justice, and a friend of mine,” said Aiken. “Geoffrey brings a strong intellect, an open mind, and a keen sympathy for the interests of consumers.” 

“We look forward to working with Commissioners Carr and Starks and the entire FCC to adopt smart, balanced policies that will enable fixed wireless broadband operators to continue growing and serving more rural consumers, while promoting competition and innovation for consumers everywhere," Aiken said. 



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Breyana Franklin, mailto:breyana@dalecurtiscommunications.com, 301-346-0056




WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development and advancement of the fixed wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has over 800 members that support WISPA’s advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives.

For more information, visit www.wispa.org.




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.