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WISPA Encouraged by New White House, FCC Plan to Connect More Rural Americans to Broadband

WISPA Encouraged by New White House, FCC Plan to Connect More Rural Americans to Broadband

The following quote may be attributed to Claude Aiken, President and CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA):

Washington, DC, April 12, 2019 – Today, the White House and the FCC announced plans to embark on a new program to auction a large swath of millimeter spectrum for wireless services, and provide $20 billion dollars over 10 years for a “Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.”  WISPA hails the intensified focus on bettering rural connectivity, which will help country farmers receive the same evolving level of broadband services and connectivity as city financiers.  We encourage the Administration and the FCC to consider how spectrum policy that enables small, rural providers to offer better services will make this investment even more cost-effective. There will be significant opportunities ahead as the underlying programs come online, and our members – who provide fixed wireless broadband to nearly 4 million rural Americans – stand ready to help the White House and the FCC meet those goals to bridge the digital divide.  

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


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