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WISPA filed comments with the FCC: PETITION BY MOBILE INDUSTRY GIANTS WOULD STIFLE INNOVATION AND DELAY ACCESS TO BROADBAND

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Washington, DC – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (www.WISPA.org) filed comments at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opposing the ill-conceived proposals filed by the mobile industry that would effectively convert the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) into a “5G-only” band and frustrate the efforts of entrepreneurial wireless ISPs to bridge the digital divide.

WISPA argues that the proposals would disrupt a carefully crafted licensing regime adopted just two years ago in a way that would foreclose participation by small companies that want to use the 3550-3700 MHz band for rural broadband, neutral host networks, private venues, and other innovative uses.  By lengthening license terms and dramatically increasing license areas, small providers looking to serve targeted areas would not be able to compete for licenses with the mobile giants that seek another “command and control” band for their use at the exclusion of others. 

WISPA, which represents the interests of the fixed wireless broadband industry, strongly supported adoption of the CBRS rules, viewing the band as a critical spectrum resource to deploy fixed broadband services in rural areas, where wireline solutions are not cost-effective. As the FCC has encouraged, WISPA members have made substantial investments in equipment that can be used in the CBRS band. If adopted, the mobile industry’s proposal would undermine the existing investments of WISPs across the country and jeopardizing ongoing operations.

“It is clear that the proposals from CTIA and T-Mobile would put the CBRS band out of reach for anyone other than large carriers,” said Mark Radabaugh, chairman of WISPA’s FCC Committee. “Shifting to larger geographic areas for Priority Access Licenses will exacerbate and perpetuate today’s last-mile problem – large mobile carriers will acquire spectrum covering large geographic areas, but only deploy in the portions of those areas where demand and density satisfy their business models. What rural America needs is licensed spectrum that entrepreneurial companies can acquire and deploy in to connect the unconnected.

“WISPA is concerned that these proposals would eliminate the availability of spectrum that can be put to use – quickly and at low cost – for the benefit of under-served American communities and thousands of local small-businesses, without disrupting existing uses,” said Mr. Radabaugh.

WISPA believes the mobile industry proposal is self-serving at best, because it would virtually ensure that access to 150 megahertz of licensed spectrum is limited to the three large mobile carriers, causing massive interference to the existing 3650-3700 MHz users and their customers, while entirely eliminating the spectrum allocation for General Authorized Access, destroying any opportunity for the band to help close the rural broadband gap.

WISPA’s comments are posted here: http://www.wispa.org/Portals/37/FCC%20Filings/2017/CBRS_Comments.pdf

 

  

Media Inquiries:                                                            

Dale Curtis for WISPA, dale@dalecurtiscommunications.com, Tel: (202) 495-3701 (office) or 202-246-5659 (mobile)

Breyana Franklin, breyana@dalecurtiscommunications.com, 301-346-0056 (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!