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WISPA President Alex Phillips' Letter to Donald Trump


Washington, DC (January 12, 2017) – WISPA president Alex Phillips sent the following letter, dated January 12, 2017 to President-elect Donald Trump, along with an enclosure of WISPA Policy Priorities for 2017-2018:


Dear President-elect Trump:
On behalf of thousands of small businesses providing broadband service to rural Americans across the nation, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association ( congratulates you on your election and wishes you and your team all the best as you embark on your Administration.
Knowing your passions about helping U.S.-based businesses, creating American jobs, boosting rural communities, eliminating costly regulations, and unleashing the power of entrepreneurship, we are eager to work with you to encourage innovation, investment, and consumer choice in broadband services.
Our industry is somewhat under-recognized but is one of the most dynamic in all of telecommunications. It is comprised of more than 3,000 mostly small- and medium-sized businesses that deliver high-quality broadband services to more than 4 million customers in all 50 states. Our businesses are located primarily in rural areas – the types of communities that are usually bypassed by the largest telephone and cable companies.
Most wireless internet service providers (WISPs, also known as “fixed wireless” providers) have built their networks with private, at-risk capital without government subsidies or incumbent-protecting regulations.  Most WISPs are led by entrepreneurs who grew up and live in the communities they serve. Most are staffed by fewer than 10 employees and serve fewer than 2,000 customers each.
From our roots in rural America, fixed wireless is also beginning to compete effectively in suburban and urban markets for residential, business, governmental and institutional customers. Our total number of subscribers is projected to nearly double to 8 million by 2021.
Given our roots in rural America, in innovation, and in entrepreneurship, WISPA’s federal policy efforts are focused on four primary objectives:
*  Modernizing the Communications Act to better reflect 21st Century communications technologies and business realities;
*  Eliminating FCC regulations that disproportionately burden small broadband providers with compliance costs and enforcement risks, which chill investment, deter innovation, and raise costs to consumers;
*  Gaining access to additional spectrum, including spectrum shared with governmental and other commercial users; and
*  Reforming broadband subsidy programs to expedite service deployments in under-served locations in a technology-neutral and cost-effective manner.
But the bottom line is this: Given our cost-efficient technologies and business models, as well as our demonstrated ability to bring broadband to neglected markets without subsidies, we respectfully ask you to foster a policy environment that enables us to serve more American consumers in the most cost-effective manner possible.
Thank you for your consideration of our policy priorities as your Administration gets underway.
Alex Phillips
President of WISPA
CEO and General Manager,

Cc: Vice President-elect Mike Pence
Enclosure: WISPA Policy Priorities for 2017-2018



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

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December 13, 2016
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December 5, 2016
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November 7, 2016
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October 27, 2016
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October 13, 2016
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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

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WISPA Urges Regulators to Defer Vote on Net Neutrality Rules
January 21, 2015

WISPA Responds to State of the Union
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