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WISPA Welcomes FCC Action on Consumer Privacy Rules

Washington, DC (March 1, 2017) – Representing thousands of small businesses across America, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is applauding the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to stay implementation of new recent privacy regulations affecting providers and consumers of broadband services.  

Members of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) – who are mostly small businesses operating in rural and under-served areas – are strongly committed to protecting their customers’ privacy and security.

However, the regulations scheduled to go into effect on March 2 would have imposed new data security obligations on broadband providers, including smaller companies that have few employees and limited financial resources. More generally, WISPA also questioned the wisdom of subjecting broadband providers to more rigid rules on privacy protection than those imposed on edge providers under Federal Trade Commission rules.  

“Hitting the pause button on these new rules is the right thing to do,” said Alex Phillips, president of WISPA. “We appreciated the FCC’s efforts to reduce the burden of these regulations for smaller providers, but compliance with the new data security rules on March 2 would crate a significant burden on our members. The FCC’s action today will afford the agency time to reconsider these rules.”

About WISPA

WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the fixed wireless internet service provider industry. For more information, visit www.wispa.org.

Media Inquiries:

Dale Curtis for WISPA, dale@dalecurtiscommunications.comTel: (202) 495-3701 (office) or 202-246-5659 (mobile)

All Other Inquiries:

Trina Coffey, tcoffey@wispa.org, 866-317-2851