WISPA Pleased by FCC Public Notice Inviting Comment on the WISPA/Google/Microsoft C-Band Sharing Study
Washington, DC, July 19, 2019 – We are greatly pleased the FCC is inviting comment on the WISPA/Google/Microsoft C-band co-channel sharing study, which we believe confirms that non-harmful shared access by both satellite earth stations and fixed point-to-multipoint (P2MP) wireless services can safely occur in the C-band. More specifically, the study conservatively concludes that through a combination of geographic separation and earth station-aware coordination more than 80 million Americans could receive point-to-multipoint services in the band. This has tremendous implications for decreasing the digital divide, especially in rural areas where earth stations are fewer and more dispersed.
The C-band study is an integral piece of our proposal to put the entire band to work for fixed and mobile terrestrial use – a plan which represents a win for the satellite industry, a win for mobile providers, and a win for rural Americans, who would see new, near-gigabit speed broadband services virtually overnight should the FCC adopt the proposal. The FCC initiated its pending C-band rulemaking proceeding to respond, in part, to a petition that WISPA and other members of the Broadband Access Coalition filed in 2017. Consequently, we are grateful the FCC is inviting focused comment on our technical study.
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.