Open Internet Ruling Receives Mixed Reaction from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association

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  deeply disappointed with the FCC’s Open Internet decision today. The new ruling will likely encumber the industry and customers that use wireless Internet service with a staggering amount of costly new rules and requirements.

“WISPA remains concerned that Title II regulations will impose substantial compliance and enforcement risks on small ISPs, both at the federal and state levels,” said Chuck Hogg, President of WISPA. “However, we are pleased that the FCC heard the call of small broadband providers and adopted a temporary exemption from new disclosure obligations.”

The Association feels that the FCC does not recognize the negative effect that this ruling will have on the residents and businesses in rural America. Adopting regulations that can later be implemented will cause undue financial and regulatory burdens resulting in years of debate. This will put investment into the innovation for rural expansion in jeopardy. Increasing reporting obligations causes new fees, new overhead, and the end result could lead to higher costs to the consumer.

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.