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LOCAL WISPA MEMBERS SPEAK WITH FCC CHAIRMAN PAI AND EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR HIS INTERNET FREEDOM INITIATIVE

PRESS RELEASE

NEWS FROM WISPA – THE WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS ASSOCIATION 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – DECEMBER 7, 2017  


Washington, DC – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today reached out to have conversations with several operators of small, fixed-wireless internet service providers (WISPs) about his “internet freedom” initiative. 

Chairman Pai is seeking to overturn a set of FCC rules that have created significant uncertainties and compliance burdens for small businesses that provide broadband. 

David Giles, president and owner of InvisiMax in Warren, Minnesota, told Chairman Pai about the negative impacts of regulatory uncertainty on his business and his rural customers. 

“All of the uncertainty about what the actual rules are, and how they apply to my business, and how they might apply in the future, is not attractive for investment. It’s risky. And when our compliance costs go up because of government action, we either have to reduce investment or increase prices to pass those costs on to our customers,” Giles told Pai. 

Michael Whelan, CEO of AirLink Internet Services in Mounds, Oklahoma, told Chairman Pai that he agrees that the internet should be “free and open.” AirLink does not block or throttle any internet traffic; nor does it prioritize any content; and it provides clear and simple information to consumers about prices, service levels, privacy practices, and how to resolve complaints, Whelan said. 

“If consumers have good and accurate information about the services we provide, they will be better at holding us to our word than some government process,” Whelan said.  

Mark Radabaugh, president of Amplex Internet in Luckey, Ohio, and chairman of WISPA’s FCC Committee, expressed frustration with the FCC’s “general internet conduct” standard. 

“I really don’t know what that means, and nobody has been able to explain this to me either,” Radabaugh said. “At Amplex, we always try to do right by our customers and would never intentionally do something wrong. But I can’t follow the rules if I don’t know what they are, or what they mean. 

“If your internet freedom proposal is adopted,” Radabaugh told Pai, “I’m going to have a lot more certainty about what is expected of me as an operator, and that will translate into additional investment and opportunity in northwest Ohio and all over rural America.” 

Most U.S. WISPs are small and medium-sized businesses serving rural areas with an average of 10 employees or less. In comments filed at the FCC in this proceeding, WISPA stated that the FCC’s “net neutrality” regulations, which are designed to treat all internet providers like large monopoly utilities, are taking resources away from investment in under-served areas and diverting them instead toward lawyers and compliance consultants. 

The “light-touch” regulatory environment that existed from the earliest days of the internet until 2015 served consumers better than the new rules, WISPA said. 

All three WISPA members thanked Chairman Pai for his leadership on this issue and expressed support for his efforts. 

 

About WISPA

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, Tel: (202) 495-3701 (office) or 202-246-5659 (mobile)

·         Breyana Franklin, breyana@dalecurtiscommunications.com, 301-346-0056 (mobile)

 

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WISPA News

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


2016
Date
Title 
December 16, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Extremely Disappointed by FCC’s Inaction on Small Business Exemption
December 13, 2016
WISPAclips: News from Around the Internet - 12/13/16
December 5, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Raise Concerns About Impacts of AT&T-Time Warner Merger; Call On Federal Authorities to Reject It
November 7, 2016
WISPAclips: News from Around the Internet - 11/07/16
October 27, 2016
Fixed Wireless Broadband Providers Appreciate FCC’S Sensitivity to Small Broadband Providers in New Consumer Privacy Rules
October 13, 2016
Fixed Wireless Industry Poised for Robust Growth and Greater Policy Activism (WISPAPALOOZA Wrapup)
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
 
2015
Date
Title
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

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to Keynote at WISPAmerica 2015
February 4, 2015

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

WISPA Responds to State of the Union
January 5, 2015

New WISPA Website and Member Portal Coming Soon!