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WISPA APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF THE AIRWAVES ACT.

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Washington, DC – The Wireless Internet Services Providers Association (WISPA) today offered its praise of U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) for their leadership in introducing the “Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum Act” (the AIRWAVES Act), which seeks to facilitate a national pipeline of spectrum availability.

WISPA members are primarily small, locally-owned businesses that are bridging the urban-rural digital divide by providing high-quality, fixed wireless broadband service to rural Americans. 

“WISPA thanks Senators Gardner and Hassan for consulting with WISPA and incorporating our experience as the AIRWAVES Act was drafted,” said Jimmy Carr, CEO of All Points Broadband, and Chairman of WISPA’s Legislative Committee.  “Although there are aspects of the bill that are inconsistent with WISPA’s preferred approach, overall we believe the bill can have a positive impact on rural Americans.”  

WISPA believes the key to closing the digital divide is allowing targeted investments by fixed wireless operators in licensed spectrum in small geographic areas. The association has been an active participant in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) proceeding at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and some of its members are already deploying equipment in reliance on the framework the FCC established two years ago. 

WISPA is a founding member of the Broadband Access Coalition, which has petitioned the FCC to make another 500 megahertz of spectrum available for shared use in the 3700-4200 MHz band.  That petition would allocate licenses on a frequency-coordinated basis rather than by auction, thereby reducing barriers to broadband deployment in rural areas.   

“While WISPA believes our coalition’s proposal for the 3700-4200 MHz band will more rapidly connect rural Americans with affordable fixed broadband, we know that Senators Gardner and Hassan are deeply committed to taking substantive action that will help address the challenge of delivering broadband to underserved rural Americans,” Carr continued.  “We look forward to working with the senators as the legislation is refined, so that it can have an even greater positive effect for those rural Americans who desperately need access to affordable broadband services in their homes and businesses.”

“We particularly appreciate Senator Gardner’s work to improve this legislation for the benefit of rural Colorado,” said Jeff Kohler, co-founder of Colorado-based Rise Broadband, America’s largest fixed-wireless ISP.  “With its rugged terrain, Colorado is a microcosm of why we need smart spectrum rules that encourage, rather than discourage, fixed wireless broadband providers.”

 

 

 

 

Media Inquiries:                                                            

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!