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NEW FCC PROCEEDING IS MIXED BAG FOR DEPLOYMENT OF HIGH-QUALITY BROADBAND IN RURAL AND UNDER-SERVED AREAS

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Washington, DC – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is concerned that a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proceeding will slow down the deployment of broadband to rural Americans.

 

The FCC adopted a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on the use of “mid-band” spectrum, which includes spectrum in the 3700-4200 MHz and 5925-7125 MHz bands.

 

In launching the NOI, the FCC appears to be advancing a broader and more time-consuming inquiry ahead of a June 21 petition filed by the new, diverse Broadband Access Coalition, which includes WISPA.  The Coalition’s petition called on the FCC to authorize new, licensed, point-to-multipoint (P2MP) fixed wireless services in the 3700-4200 MHz band. Currently, that band is under-utilized by fixed satellite services.

 

The Coalition’s proposed licensing scheme and operating rules would enable gigabit and near-gigabit broadband service in rural and underserved areas, and promote competition for broadband delivery among various technologies and licensees, without disrupting existing uses.  Comments on the Coalition’s petition are due by August 7.

 

WISPA is encouraged that the FCC is looking at the 5925-7125 MHz band, which offers opportunities for both indoor and outdoor use on a shared basis with incumbent users.  However, including the 3700-4200 MHz band in the NOI could lead to years of regulatory delay and uncertainty, preventing small, locally based, fixed wireless providers from going ahead with rural broadband deployments in that band.

 

“WISPA believes that the fastest, simplest, most cost-effective way to finally close the rural broadband gap and bring affordable broadband to millions of Americans who lack access and choice is the approach we proposed in the Broadband Access Coalition’s petition for rulemaking on June 21,” says Mark Radabaugh, WISPA’s FCC Committee chair. “The NOI threatens to block that way forward.  We do look forward to participating in the proceeding and offering a way forward on both portions of the mid-band spectrum.”

 

“Consistent with Chairman Pai’s stated goal of bridging the digital divide, WISPA members are increasingly making use of mid-band spectrum to provide fixed wireless broadband in tribal, rural and suburban areas. Our industry stands ready to deploy and innovate in the 3700-4200 MHz band immediately.”

 

 

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!