WISPA Names Claude Aiken as New President and CEO
Washington, DC – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) today announced it has selected Claude Aiken, a recognized leader in telecommunications policy, to become its first full-time president and CEO. Aiken begins his new position today and will be based in Washington, DC.
Aiken joins WISPA after nearly a decade at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While there, he served as an advisor to former Chairman Tom Wheeler and current Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. He held leadership positions in the Wireline Bureau and Office of General Counsel, as well staff attorney roles throughout the Commission.
“I am honored to join WISPA and to have this opportunity to serve the fixed wireless broadband sector,” said Aiken. “Fixed wireless is playing a key role in closing the digital divide for the more than 24 million Americans who do not have access to fixed terrestrial broadband at the FCC’s speed benchmark of 25 Mbps/3Mbps, and we’re providing more broadband choices for consumers everywhere.
“I look forward to building on the great work WISPA has done to date, advocating on behalf of our members and friends, and building a strong organization that will support their growth and evolution,” Aiken said.
Since WISPA was established in 2004, the organization has been led by volunteer board members and supported by a small staff.
“Claude has a solid knowledge of the broadband business and policy landscape, along with an understanding of our industry and its key players,” said WISPA Chairman Chuck Hogg. “There couldn’t be a more ideal time for him to join our team, and we are excited for this new chapter in our organization’s growth.”
Prior to joining the FCC, Aiken was a John Marshall Harlan Scholar at New York Law School, where he graduated with a specialization in information and technology law. Aiken also holds a degree in English from Grove City College.
WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development and advancement of the fixed wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has over 800 members that support WISPA’s advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit www.wispa.org
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