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WISPA applauds today's FCC action looking into spurring secondary markets for spectrum

WISPA applauds today's FCC action looking into spurring secondary markets for spectrum

Washington, DC, March 15, 2019 – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is encouraged by today’s FCC action, which creates a rulemaking to implement aspects of the MOBILE NOW Act.  Small rural providers – like our members, who provide fixed wireless broadband to millions of Americans – face a multitude of challenges in serving their communities.  Chief among them is access to spectrum.  The Commission should be commended for its efforts here to close the digital divide, leading, WISPA hopes, to changes in its partitioning, disaggregation, and leasing rules that will serve those important goals.

“We applaud the FCC for seeking comment on how to spur secondary markets for spectrum,” stated WISPA president, Claude Aiken.  “Far too often, small and rural providers have limited spectrum access because licensed spectrum lies fallow in rural America. A more robust secondary market could enable small providers to gain access to licensed spectrum. We thank Chairman Pai for including our proposals in this item, and look forward to working with the FCC to ensure that spectrum in rural America is put to its best and highest use.”

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

Mike Wendy



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