WISPA Encouraged by Formation of New House Rural Broadband Task Force
Washington, DC, May 13, 2019 – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is encouraged by news today that House Democratic leadership has embarked on a new rural broadband task force designed to help get unserved and underserved rural Americans online.
“House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn is right to focus on getting rural Americans onto the Internet,” said Claude Aiken, president and CEO of WISPA. “Over 20 million, mostly rural Americans, lack affordable access to adequate broadband, unable to participate in the digital economy,” added Aiken. “Congress and the agencies they oversee can and must do more to unlock this potential.”
WISPA members provide affordable, high-speed fixed wireless broadband service to nearly four million Americans. The majority of these individuals live in rural communities. Fixed wireless service can be deployed to rural Americans far faster and at far less the cost of traditional facilities. The services provided by WISPs go to places that have been left behind by the largest providers, offering high-speed Internet on par with that available in larger, urban areas.
“The task force has important work in front of it,” stated Aiken. “WISPA and its members stand ready to assist. WISPs can play a central role in getting high-speed Internet to all Americans, cheaply and quickly. The key to this is to promote balanced approaches for accessing spectrum; ensure that subsidy programs are fair and technologically-neutral; provide meaningful access to infrastructure for broadband deployments; and keep regulatory requirements appropriately scaled for small businesses.
“We look forward to working with the new task force as it works to eradicate 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 www.wispa.org.