WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS DISAPPOINTED BY COURT’S DECISION
UPHOLDING FCC REGULATIONS
WILL HARM SMALL BUSINESS IN RURAL AREAS
Washington, DC (June 14, 2016) – On behalf of thousands of wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) serving more than 3 million consumers across America, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is extremely disappointed that the Court of Appeals has upheld the FCC’s decision to impose heavy-handed regulations on broadband Internet access providers, especially small businesses that lack the resources to comply with the rules and to defend against frivolous lawsuits.
"WISPA's small business owners continue to be steadfast in our commitment to building out rural America,” said Alex Phillips, president of WISPA, “but the added Title II compliance costs and greater litigation risks for small businesses will raise the cost of Internet service and complicate the goal of expanding broadband access. It will harm low-income and rural consumers and reduce needed competition.”
WISPA will be exploring judicial and Congressional options to the Court’s decision.
WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity 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.
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