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WISPA CALLS ON FCC TO MAINTAIN CONSUMER PROTECTIONS WHILE DROPPING ONEROUS “NET NEUTRALITY” REGULATIONS

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Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a “golden opportunity” to close the rural broadband gap while ensuring an open and competitive Internet, according to the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (www.WISPA.org).

In comments filed today at the FCC in that agency’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” proceeding, WISPA says its members continue to support policies that prohibit blocking and throttling of traffic, or paid prioritization of favored content. WISPA supports requirements to disclose service terms to customers, and its members do not sell customers’ browsing data or other private information to third parties.

However, the FCC’s 2015 decision to begin regulating broadband providers like utilities under Title II of the Communications Act – with a goal of ensuring “net neutrality” – has resulted in “harmful uncertainty” that has undermined investor confidence, WISPA says.  

For example, in a recent WISPA member survey, 80 percent of respondents said the uncertainties surrounding Title II regulation had caused delays and cutbacks in network expansion and services, and had imposed significant compliance costs.   

“The Commission cannot have it both ways: it cannot impose disproportionate burdens on small broadband providers at the same time that it expects them to drive future deployment to our nation’s unserved communities and those where consumers lack competitive choice,” the filing states. 

“This proceeding offers a golden opportunity for the Commission to right a wrong – the imposition of heavy-handed, ‘one-size-fits-all’ regulations on small broadband providers that are less able to accommodate the costs, burdens, and uncertainties of the comprehensive Title II regime.”

“Restoring broadband service to ‘information’ service classification and eliminating the ‘general conduct standard’ will significantly reduce regulatory burdens, reduce compliance costs, reduce enforcement risks and uncertainty, and increase the ability of broadband providers to reach unserved and underserved communities,” the group adds. 

In May, 70 small broadband providers submitted a joint letter to the FCC, urging “a return to the pre-2015 environment in which light-touch regulation enabled our businesses to get off the ground and become successful.”

Most U.S. WISPs are small businesses serving rural areas, with an average of about 1,200 customers. The majority of WISPs have fewer than 10 employees. Collectively, America’s WISPs serve more than 4 million consumers in all 50 states. Fixed wireless is considered the key to closing the rural broadband gap because of its low costs and ease of deployment compared to other broadband technologies. But disproportionate regulatory burdens and obstacles are holding them back, the group says. 

 

 

 

Media Inquiries:                                                            

Dale Curtis for WISPA

dale@dalecurtiscommunications.com

Tel: (202) 495-3701 (office) or 202-246-5659 (mobile) 

 

 

About WISPA

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.

All Other Inquiries:

Trina Coffey, tcoffey@wispa.org, 866-317-2851

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WISPA News

Below is a list of WISPA press releases and news articles about the Association and Industry.


2016
Date
Title 
December 16, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Extremely Disappointed by FCC’s Inaction on Small Business Exemption
December 13, 2016
WISPAclips: News from Around the Internet - 12/13/16
December 5, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Raise Concerns About Impacts of AT&T-Time Warner Merger; Call On Federal Authorities to Reject It
November 7, 2016
WISPAclips: News from Around the Internet - 11/07/16
October 27, 2016
Fixed Wireless Broadband Providers Appreciate FCC’S Sensitivity to Small Broadband Providers in New Consumer Privacy Rules
October 13, 2016
Fixed Wireless Industry Poised for Robust Growth and Greater Policy Activism (WISPAPALOOZA Wrapup)
September 20, 2016
WISPA Teams with METAvivor for Pink Day at WISPAPALOOZA
August 12, 2016
WISPA Elects New Officers and Board Members for 2016-2017 Term
August 10, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Applaud Federal Court Decision on Municipal Broadband
July 25, 2016
A Growing Consensus That the FCC Must Change Course on Privacy
June 15, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Welcome Senate Committee Vote to Protect Small Businesses and Rural Americans
June 14, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Disappointed by Court's Decision Upholding FCC Regulations
June 8, 2016
Experts to FCC: Change Course on Broadband Privacy Rules
May 25, 2016
Small Internet Service Providers Applaud FCC Action to Promote Broadband Build-Out in Under-Served Areas
May 19, 2016
New Overtime Rules Affect Small Businesses
March 16, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Praise the U.S. House for Protecting Small Businesses and Rural Americans
February 25, 2016
House Committee Action Paves Way to Progress in Full House and Senate
January 12, 2016
WISPA Asks Congress For ISP Small Business Regulatory Certainty
 
2015
Date
Title
December 16, 2015

WISPA Hails FCC Decision Extending Small Business Relief
November 20, 2015

WISPA Applauds House of Representatives for Support of Small Business Exemption from New Open Internet Disclosure
October 6, 2015

WISPA Appoints New Committee Chairpersons, Officers and Welcomes Elected Board of Directors
August 13, 2015

WISPA Responds to FCC’s Unlicensed TV Band Spectrum Ruling
June 29, 2015

(Wireless Week) - WISPA: Wi-Fi, LTE-U Coexistence Requires More than Just “Benign Intentions”
June 2, 2015

The FCC’s Extension of U-NII Compliance Deadline Benefits WISPA and The Fixed Wireless Industry
May 19, 2015

WISPA Meets With Policymakers on Capitol Hill
May 12, 2015

WISPA Holds Policy Summit in Washington D.C.
May 5, 2015

WISPA Board Member Appointed to FCC Consumer Advisory Committee
May 1, 2015

WISPA Asks FCC to Stay Title II and Internet Conduct Rules
April 28, 2015

WISPA Files For Court Review of FCC’s Open Internet Order
April 17, 2015

WISPA Applauds the FCC’s New Spectrum Sharing Ruling
March 2, 2015

WISPAmerica 2015 Surpasses Attendance Record
February 26, 2015 

Municipal Broadband Ruling by FCC Jeopardizes Private Sector Investments
February 26, 2015  

Open Internet Ruling Receives Mixed Reaction from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association
February 25, 2015

WISPA Comments on the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Hearing
February 10, 2015

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to Keynote at WISPAmerica 2015
February 4, 2015

WISPA Urges Regulators to Defer Vote on Net Neutrality Rules
January 21, 2015

WISPA Responds to State of the Union
January 5, 2015

New WISPA Website and Member Portal Coming Soon!