WISPA Joins in Litigation Over “Open Internet” Rules
Today WISPA joined with a variety of business and consumer groups in supporting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a court case over the agency’s recently adopted “net neutrality” rules.
Let’s be clear: WISPA members support a free and open internet. We support clear, enforceable protections against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. WISPA agrees that ISPs should clearly disclose their terms of service, disclose their network management practices, and protect their customers’ private information; and our members do.
We are joining in the litigation because net neutrality rules need to work for our members, who are mostly small operations with fewer than 10 employees and an average of 1,200 subscribers. When compliance costs go up because of government action, our members either have to reduce investment in their businesses or pass those costs on to customers.
Rather than hiring attorneys to figure out how to comply with a vague, broad conduct rule and detailed reporting obligations, our members would rather invest in towers, radios, and people to bring broadband to more people in rural and underserved areas of America.
WISPA supported Chairman Pai's efforts at the Commission, and WISPA will continue to support such efforts in court and in Congress.