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WISPA Commends Chairman Pai's Proposal to Resolve Underutilization of 5.9 GHz Band

The following statement may be attributed to Louis Peraertz, VP of Policy for WISPA:


Washington, DC, November 20, 2019 – WISPA commends FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for finding a creative way to resolve the underutilization of spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band.  For 20 years, the band has been allocated for car safety technology known as DSRC.  Unfortunately, little progress has been made in the development of DSRC technologies, while demand for more unlicensed spectrum has exploded.  Today, Chairman Pai announced that he will circulate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would allocate 45 megahertz of spectrum for commercial unlicensed use.  Since it will be contiguous with other unlicensed spectrum, this could enable wireless internet service providers to offer faster services to their current customers and expand their service footprints.  This could also allow rural Americans to benefit from high bandwidth applications which the new generation of Wi-Fi technologies – powered by the Wi-Fi 6 protocol – would unleash.  


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.


Mike Wendy


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