WISPA represents thousands of small businesses that provide fixed wireless broadband services to more than 6 million people across the country. Many of these consumers reside in rural and remote areas that would otherwise be unserved. Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) rely on both unlicensed and licensed spectrum to provide services. Most WISPs have built their networks with private, at-risk capital without using federal subsidies.
WISPAs federal legislative and regulatory efforts are focused on four primary objectives:
Balanced spectrum approaches, ensuring that small and rural providers have a fair shot at accessing airwaves that are critical building blocks for fast, reliable broadband.
Targeted subsidy programs that expedite broadband deployment to unserved locations in a technology-neutral and cost-effective manner.
Fast and fair access to infrastructure for broadband deployments no matter the location, whether federal, state, municipal, or private.
Keeping small businesses competitive by ensuring regulatory burdens are appropriately calibrated for those who have the least ability to shoulder them.
WISPA 2020 Policy Priorities