Statement of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) for today's Senate hearing on "The Impact of Broadband Investments in Rural America"

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Washington, DC, March 12, 2019 – Approximately 24 million Americans – many living in rural communities – lack adequate broadband access.  Though hundreds of billions of dollars of private and public investment have flowed into U.S. networks since 2005, this stubborn rural gap remains.  WISPA is pleased that witnesses at today’s hearing, which included WISPA member Justin Forde of Midcontinent Communications based in Sioux Falls, SD, recognize the need for federal subsidies to help bridge this gap, for accurate mapping to determine where subsidies are allocated, and for government agencies to avoid subsidizing broadband overbuilds.  WISPA also appreciates witness statements acknowledging the importance of spectrum for quick and affordable broadband deployment in places where sparsely populated areas do not justify the investment in fiber.    

 

WISPA says U.S. House Net Neutrality Bill Misses the Mark, "Light Touch" Better

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Washington, DC, March 6, 2019 - "Today the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill to reinstate the FCC’s repealed Title II Net Neutrality regulations.  WISPA is heartened by the fact that Congress has taken a renewed interest in this important matter, but we feel, as we did with the repealed regulations, that they fail to encourage the widespread deployment and adoption of Internet infrastructure, especially in under-served, rural areas of America. 

 

(WISPA) announces the hiring of Mike Wendy to lead the association’s policy and grassroots communications efforts.

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The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) announces the hiring of Mike Wendy to lead the association’s policy and grassroots communications efforts.  In this capacity, Mike will work to advance the advocacy of the fixed wireless industry among local and national press outlets, and help its more than 800 members speak effectively to policymakers about the challenges they face bringing high-speed Internet to nearly four million, mainly rural Americans.

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