DC event to focus on “spectrum as infrastructure” in rural America
An upcoming event in Washington, DC will feature WISPA’s Claude Aiken on the issue of “spectrum as infrastructure” for rural broadband.
More than 15 million Americans in rural and tribal areas still lack access to fixed broadband at the 25/3 megabits per second speeds that meet the minimum definition of “broadband” service adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In comparison, 98 percent of Americans living in urban areas have access to such broadband.
A big barrier to expanding high-speed broadband, of course, is the expense and difficulty of deploying wired infrastructure.
According to the event’s host, New America, “the most promising federal investment in infrastructure for rural broadband may be the allocation of unused spectrum for shared use by rural wireless internet providers, as well as by schools, libraries, and any entity willing to make use of it and deploy.”
That is exactly the approach that WISPA is advocating in our efforts to preserve the pro-rural, pro-small business rules in the “CBRS” spectrum band (3550-3700 MHz).
Click here to learn more about the event, which will take place on April 24 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at New America, 740 15th St., NW, Washington, DC. Speakers will include WISPA President and CEO Claude Aiken and former WISPA board member Elizabeth Bowles, CEO of Little Rock-based Aristotle Inc. and chair of the FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). Please note you must RSVP if you want to join the livestream on April 24.