WISPA Statement on the CBRS PAL CMA PN
The following quote may be attributed to Louis Peraertz, Vice President of Policy, WISPA:
Washington, DC, September 27, 2019 – “The proposal to require bidders for a CMA to forego bidding on individual counties in that CMA appears to incentivize sincere bidding and deter price manipulation for counties. The CMA bidding proposal also appears to require that in order for a CMA bidder to win a license, it must be the highest bidder in all of the counties in a given CMA. We thank the Commission for these safeguards as they will assist small companies, such as WISPA members, who are interested in PALs for counties. We will continue to monitor the record as it relates to these and other proposals that could impact small companies.
“WISPA urged the Commission to inquire whether there are other proposals that would facilitate auction participation by smaller entities interested in county-sized licenses. We thank the Commission for accommodating our request. Additionally, we appreciate the edits that the Commission made to better inform the public what impact the CMA proposal could have on overall bidding participation.
“WISPA members are interested in participating in the PAL auction. WISPA will carefully review the final version of the CBRS Auctions Procedures PN to ensure it gives our members a fair opportunity to compete for these licenses.”
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.