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WISPA Reps Working Overtime to Shape CBRS Rules

In case you hadn’t heard, WISPA is in the midst of its most aggressive advocacy effort ever, working to block the mobile industry’s demands to erect barriers to our sector in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum band (3550-3700 MHz). Here’s an update on where we stand. 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to consider a package of changes to the current CBRS rules at one of its upcoming monthly meetings. The specific changes are not yet in writing, but the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that was adopted in October included ideas that would benefit Big Mobile only, at the expense of WISPs and all other potential actors in that spectrum band. 

WISPA, and our DC team in particular, is working around the clock to push back against this threat and ensure that our members have access to critical, mid-band spectrum, on reasonable terms that make sense for small businesses and will help us bridge the urban-rural digital divide. 

In this process, we frequently rely on WISPA members who volunteer their time to support our efforts. For example, just last week, WISPA members from Vermont (Michael Birnbaum), Michigan (Blair Davis), and Illinois (Garth Nicholas) were in DC on WISPA’s behalf to meet with their members of Congress about CBRS and other issues important to WISPs. 

If you’d like to see a recap of our activities on this issue, visit WISPA’s CBRS Advocacy Page. While you’re there, sign up for our biweekly newsletter, The WISPA Report, which will keep you informed and up-to-date going forward. 

If you want to get involved in the effort and help make our voice heard, visit this blog post for specific ideas or get in contact with us. 

You can also attend WISPAmerica in Birmingham, March 6-8, or WISPAPALOOZA in Las Vegas, October 8-12, where you can join our policy committees and help plan our next steps.   

Just know that today, due to all of WISPA’s advocacy efforts, we are at the table, engaged in detailed discussions with key stakeholders to reach consensus on CBRS rules that will enable WISPA members to continue to access the CBRS band on fair, attractive terms. Naturally, we can’t divulge too many details just yet, but we are cautiously optimistic about the likely outcome.  

By the way, all of this effort has brought unprecedented attention to the fixed wireless sector and our role in fostering investment and innovation in both rural and urban areas.


We’ll keep you posted!

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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
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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
Experts to FCC: Change Course on Broadband Privacy Rules
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

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

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January 5, 2015

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