WISPA Applauds FCC's Proposed OTARD Update, Which Will Help Grow Rural Broadband

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Washington, DC, April 12, 2019 – Today, a unanimous FCC initiated a rulemaking proceeding which seeks to update its over-the-air-reception device (OTARD) rule.  Among other things, the Commission is proposing to allow broadband “hubs” – pizza box-sized technology – on private property to serve groups of homes and businesses, helping align OTARD rules with how today’s wireless broadband networks are being built. 

WISPA Urges Compromise Approach to H.R. 1644's Title II Policy, One Which Fosters Small Rural Internet Providers' Role in Bridging Digital Divide

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Washington, DC, April 10, 2019 – Today, the House passed H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019.  WISPA’s members provide fixed wireless broadband service to millions of rural Americans, and support transparent Internet openness.  While WISPA hopes this action represents the beginning of a bi-partisan process to help further the rollout of high-speed broadband to all Americans, we still remain concerned that re-imposing 85-year-old, Title II telephone regulation on the Internet is inapt for boosting Internet growth.  However, in the House’s efforts to address problems caused by behemoth ISPs, they are in essence building roadblocks for small and rural ISPs to deliver their services to their communities, almost exclusively in un-served and under-served rural America. 

WISPA files USDA comments, says "Rural-First" approach to spectrum policy best way to promote broadband to the heartland

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Washington, DC, April 1, 2019 – Today, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (“WISPA”) filed comments with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) on its Notice of Inquiry about spectrum requirements for non-Federal spectrum users and what the FSA can do to improve the availability of broadband in rural areas (PDF attached).

Claude Aiken thanks WISPA members, attendees for making WISPAMERICA 2019 so awesome!

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I want to say THANKS for making WISPAmerica 2019 one of the most successful events we have ever hosted.  We had close to 1100 attendees from all parts of the diverse WISP ecosystem.  100-plus vendors, showing off the latest in technology, services and training.  And more than 50 events and sessions from WISP industry experts, on subjects like network engineering, tower safety, grassroots marketing, social media, accounting practices, and, of course, regulatory issues. 

 

WISPA's First Year with a Full-Time DC Presence

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One year ago today, I sat down at my desk and started working for WISPA, excited that I was getting the opportunity to give a voice to the small businesses at the forefront of closing the digital divide and providing competitive options everywhere. What a year it has been.

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