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WISPA Following “Net Neutrality” Court Case with Interest

WISPA Following “Net Neutrality” Court Case with Interest

Washington, DC – The following statement may be attributed to Claude Aiken, president of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (www.WISPA.org), regarding oral arguments being heard today in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on the Federal Communications Commission’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order.  

WISPA is optimistic that the FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order will be upheld. We look forward to working with Congress to craft lasting net neutrality protections that take into account our small business concerns. As we heard during oral argument today, small WISPs will continue to benefit from rules that remove regulatory burdens and encourage investment and deployment to rural and under-served communities. 

Let’s be clear: our members do not block, throttle, or accept payments to prioritize internet traffic. 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. 

WISPA appreciates that the FCC took WISPA members’ concerns into account. On several occasions, we informed the commissioners that the 2015 regulations – that treated small WISPs like large monopoly utilities and subjected them to bureaucratic micro-management – were diverting our members’ resources away from investment in under-served areas. 

Most U.S. WISPs are small and medium-sized businesses serving hundreds of customers in rural areas, with fewer than 10 employees each. When the government imposes new regulations, compliance costs go up, forcing our members either to reduce their investments in their networks – with negative impacts on our customers and employees – or pass those costs on to customers. 

About WISPA
WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity 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
Media Inquiries:  Breyana Franklin for WISPA  breyana@dalecurtiscommunications.com Tel: (202) 495-3701 (office) or 301-346-0056 (mobile) 

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