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WISPA Urges Regulators to Defer Vote on Net Neutrality Rules
Organization and membership request deferral of Open Internet ruling

Redding, CA (February 4, 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 (WISP) industry, is calling on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to defer the upcoming Open Internet ruling in order to assess the impact of its proposed rules on small broadband providers and the customers they serve.

While WISPA supports an Open Internet, the organization is concerned that the FCC may adopt rules that would increase disclosure and reporting burdens on small businesses that provide Internet service in rural regions throughout the United States. This would constitute a reversal from light-touch regulation to unnecessary regulations, without any record of bad behavior warranting new regulations.  The increased costs of compliance and the enforcement risk that small ISPs would face would not benefit consumers, who would be forced to help pay for the increased costs.

“We hope that the FCC will consider the negative implications of acting too swiftly without assessing the full industry scenario," said Alex Phillips, FCC Committee Chair and WISPA Vice President. “The FCC’s record is clear – a one-size-fits-all approach to Open Internet regulation could leave citizens and businesses in rural America without broadband service due to the cost of regulatory encumbrances.”

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WISPA (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association) 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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FCC Inquiries:
Alex Phillips
alexp@highspeedlink.net
Tel: 540.908.3993

Legislative Inquiries:
Elizabeth Bowles
ebowles@aristotle.net
Tel: 501.374.4638

Media Inquiries:
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CRE8 Group, Inc.
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Tel: 813.649.8504