Dale Curtis

Wireless Internet Service Providers Praise U.S. House for Voting - Unanimously, Again - to Protect Small Business & Rural Americans


Washington, DC (January 10, 2017) – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is applauding the U.S. House of Representatives for unanimously passing The Small Business Broadband Deployment Act (HR 288).

The bipartisan bill provides for a five-year exemption for small ISPs – defined as those with fewer than 250,000 subscribers – from new, burdensome reporting requirements that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) included in its 2015 Open Internet Order.

“This bill is a win-win for rural consumers and small business people,” said Alex Phillips, President of WISPA. “It will protect rural Americans from added costs they can least afford, while allowing small ISPs to invest in better services, equipment, and jobs.”

WISPA singled out House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and committee member Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) for their leadership in advancing the House bill on a unanimous voice vote.

In the Senate, WISPA is watching the development of a similar measure being developed by Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT), raising hopes that a final bill can be sent to the President soon.  

Meanwhile, WISPA also is calling on the FCC to permanently extend the exemption, which would provide greater regulatory certainty and incentives for long-term investment by small ISPs. The FCC's public record was overwhelmingly in favor of a permanent extension, and the U.S. Small Business Administration also called for one.  

The FCC’s Open Internet Order introduced heightened transparency requirements for all Internet service providers. After recognizing the burden these requirements presented for small businesses, the FCC temporarily exempted ISPs with 100,000 or fewer subscribers from these new regulations. The FCC extended the exemption once, through December 2016, but then let it lapse. Barring policymaker action, the new reporting requirements may go into effect as soon as January 17.

“The record at the FCC proves that small businesses are not the ones who should be burdened with the added regulatory requirements under the Open Internet Order. We remain optimistic the FCC will see the wisdom of this exemption and seek to make it permanent,” added Mark Radabaugh, Chairman of WISPA’s FCC Committee.


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, dale@dalecurtiscommunications.com, 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
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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
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July 25, 2016
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June 15, 2016
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June 14, 2016
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June 8, 2016
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May 25, 2016
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May 19, 2016
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March 16, 2016
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February 25, 2016
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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

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May 19, 2015

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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
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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
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FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to Keynote at WISPAmerica 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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