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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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