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WISPA Supports Microsoft’s TV White Space Petition, Would Help Get TVWS Spectrum into Productive Use

Washington, DC, June 10, 2019 – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISP) filed comments in support of a Microsoft petition for rulemaking (Petition), which proposes changes to various FCC rules that would enable TV white space (TVWS) spectrum to be more efficiently and effectively deployed for rural broadband access.

The overwhelming majority of WISPA’s 800 members use unlicensed spectrum to deliver high-speed broadband services to over four million, largely rural Americans. Microsoft proposes rules that would help jumpstart the widespread use of unlicensed TVWS spectrum.  A vibrant TVWS market would give WISPs another important tool to bring broadband to unserved and underserved communities, helping individuals there better realize the benefits of the global, digital economy.    

In particular, WISPA supports the Petition’s call to: Permit fixed devices to operate at higher maximum power in less congested areas; permit use of spectrum adjacent to TV broadcast channels at power levels greater than 40 mW; and allow TV white space devices to transmit from a height above average terrain (HAAT) of up to 500 meters, subject to coordination for operations above 250 meters HAAT.  WISPA also asked the FCC to invite comment on a proposal to allow greater flexibility to use sectorized antennas.

“These changes would increase the range and capacity of TVWS networks, boosting investment in the development and deployment of new broadband solutions for rural Americans,” stated Claude Aiken, president and CEO of WISPA.  “These proposals and related technical changes WISPA asked the FCC to consider will help put this still fallow resource into productive use, providing more broadband quickly and cost-effectively across the nation,” added Aiken.

Said Aiken, “We stand ready to work with the Commission and all stakeholders to properly address legitimate interference concerns, and hope to see the underlying proposals in the Petition adopted by the FCC.”

A copy of the WISPA filing can be obtained here.

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.

Mike Wendy

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