Dale Curtis

Record-Breaking Spring Show Fuels Optimism in the “Fixed Wireless” Broadband Access Industry


Memphis, TN (March 21, 2017) – The fixed wireless broadband industry is benefiting from robust growth, innovation, and policy activism, judging from the sector’s largest-ever Spring show, which took place March 14-16, 2017, in Memphis, Tennessee. 

WISPAmerica 2017, convened by the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (www.WISPA.org), attracted a record-breaking attendance of 870 people from more than 400 companies. WISPA is a membership-driven organization dedicated to the advancement of the wireless internet service provider (WISP) industry.


Attendees had their choice of nearly 50 sessions covering key topics in business management, sales and marketing, government regulations, and technology and training. Keynote speakers delved into the major trends shaping the future of the broadband industry, and the challenges of satisfying the rapidly rising demand for video via broadband networks. 


The conference also featured an exhibit hall with more than 65 vendors displaying their products and services in the areas of wireless gear, fiber-optics, tower infrastructure, software, cloud services, VoIP solutions, consultants, mapping services and more. 


Another highlight was a visit from Kelsey Guyselman, a Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Ms. Guyselman participated on a panel regarding WISPA’s legislative agenda, toured the exhibit hall, met with industry leaders, and shared her insights on the Committee’s policy priorities that affect the WISP industry.


Alex Phillips, president of WISPA and CEO of Rural Broadband Network Services in Harrisonburg, Virginia, told attendees “the state of our industry is strong.” Phillips pointed to the group’s rising membership; its expanded technical and business offerings; and its recent public policy successes, from receiving two invitations to meet with the new FCC Chairman within the first few days of his tenure, to winning a unanimous vote in the U.S. House of Representatives for The Small Business Broadband Deployment Act in both 2016 and 2017.


The Diamond Sponsors of WISPAmerica 2017 were ConVergence; PowerCode; Telrad; and Ubiquiti Networks. The Platinum Sponsors were Baltic Networks USA; Radwin; RF Elements; Ritalia Funding; Streakwave; Visp.Net; and Winncom Technologies. The Gold Sponsors were American Tower; DoubleRadius; NetSapiens; and SAF. The Silver Sponsors were EUPEN Cable; Last Mile Gear; Lerman Senter; Tycon Systems; ViaSat; Windstream; and ZTE. The Media Sponsor was Channel Vision magazine.




The U.S. WISP industry is comprised of more than 2,000 mostly small- and medium-sized businesses, who deliver high-speed broadband to fixed locations using networks of tower-based antennas and building-mounted receivers. The sector is not as well-known as the nation’s larger broadband providers, but it serves more than 4 million customers.


The combination of competitive costs, high reliability, rapid deployment, and community-based customer service makes fixed wireless broadband access a compelling value proposition, especially in under-served areas.   





WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the fixed wireless internet service provider industry. For more information, visit www.wispa.org.

Media Inquiries:

Dale Curtis for WISPA, dale@dalecurtiscommunications.comTel: (202) 495-3701 (office) or 202-246-5659 (mobile)
Breyana Franklin, breyana@dalecurtiscommunications.com, 301-346-0056 (mobile)

All Other Inquiries:

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

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

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
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!