WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED
BY FCC’S INACTION ON SMALL BUSINESS EXEMPTION
Washington, DC (December 16, 2016) – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is extremely disappointed that the Federal Communications Commission did not extend an exemption for small broadband providers from enhanced transparency rules under the Open Internet Order. Despite broad industry consensus, Congressional support and no public opposition, the exemption officially expired at midnight last night, potentially subjecting thousands of small internet service providers to obligations that will be very burdensome and expensive for them.
“We are frustrated that the FCC could not find a way forward and gain consensus in a timely manner,” said Alex Phillips, President of WISPA. “We urge the Commissioners to continue to work together to reinstate the exemption at the earliest possible time. Our members want to ensure that the exemption – adopted in February 2015, extended in December 2015, strongly supported on a bipartisan basis in the House and Senate – will continue to remain in place. Unnecessary regulatory burdens and uncertainties will hinder their ability to serve nearly 4 million customers in rural communities across America.”
This week, WISPA along with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, and the American Cable Association urged the FCC
to grant an exemption to providers serving 250,000 subscribers of less, to remain in effect until the long-term future of the exemption is decided by Congress or the Commission.
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.
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