Municipal Broadband Ruling by FCC Jeopardizes Private Sector Investments

Redding, CA (February 26, 2015)
– The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement, and unity of the fixed wireless Internet service provider (ISP) industry, is concerned with the Federal Communication Commission’s encouragement of municipalities and government agencies to enter into the Internet service provider sector. By offering broadband, public entities could utilize taxpayer dollars to compete and over-build areas already covered by private sector Internet companies.

“WISPA is disappointed that the FCC has preempted state laws to allow municipalities to deploy broadband networks where incentives to promote private investment would be more effective,” said Alex Phillips, Vice President and FCC Committee Chairman of WISPA. “Taxpayers in other communities should not assume the risk of failure unless all efforts to bring in private investment, through state and federal initiatives, have been exhausted.”

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.


FCC Inquiries:
Alex Phillips
Tel: 540.908.3993

Media Inquiries:
Suzanne Urash
CRE8 Group, Inc.
Tel: 813.649.8504