WISPA Announces the Hiring of Louis Peraertz as Vice President of Policy
Washington, DC, July 11, 2019 - Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) announced the hiring of Louis Peraertz as Vice President of Policy. In this role, Louis will work to advance WISPA's successful track record before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and other federal agencies.
Prior to WISPA, Louis worked in several capacities at the FCC. Notably, for more than seven years, Louis served as Senior Legal Advisor to former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in the areas of wireless, satellite, public safety, and international policies. In this position, Louis worked to achieve many of Commissioner’s top policy priorities to bridge the digital divide, such as: increased spectrum for unlicensed services in the TV White Spaces, CBRS, C-band, 5 GHz, 6 GHz, and spectrum bands above 24 GHz; dynamic spectrum access management policies in the 700 MHz, 3.5 GHz, and 37 GHz bands; design of geographic area licenses and competitive bidding policies to enhance the ability of small wireless companies to acquire spectrum at auctions; and reform of universal service policies for commercial wireless services, among others. Before the FCC, Louis worked as a federal appellate court litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice, and also served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. He holds a BA from Princeton University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
“To navigate through the never-settled seas of Washington policy, we need a strong individual at the helm,” stated Claude Aiken, WISPA president and CEO. “Louis’ vast experience in crafting agency policy, combined with his advocacy skills as a litigator, will allow WISPA to chart the right course through the tumult, helping our 800 members and the fixed wireless industry successfully get to where they need to go. It’s great to have him aboard, and with his hiring, WISPA’s government relations team is now full sail ahead to meet the challenges which lie ahead on the policy horizon.”
WISPA’s approximately 800 members are composed of fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and the industry that supports fixed wireless broadband, including equipment suppliers, support services, and other components needed to run a successful business. Our members, and WISPs, in general, provide broadband access to over 4 million residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.