WISPA Says "Industries of the Future" Need More Unlicensed SpectrumThe following statement on today’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing regarding “Industries of the Future” may be attributed to Christina Mason, VP of Government Affairs for WISPA:
Washington, DC, January 15, 2020 – How do you help grow the “industries of the future”? One way is to enable the growth and evolution of great broadband infrastructure in rural America. And, one of the best ways to accomplish that is by fostering an environment which looks to all broadband solutions – not solely “future proof” fiber or 5G cell technology – to get Americans online.
There are nearly 50 million Americans in the U.S. heartland. According to FCC statistics, over 26% of rural America lacks access to adequate fixed broadband. Rural small businesses, however, play a major role in our economy, generating approximately $1.5 trillion in sales each year. Moreover, manufacturing, services and other vital sectors of the U.S. economy are growing in rural America, too. But, they need broadband to keep this prosperity going.
Fixed wireless providers serve 6 million, mainly rural Americans with broadband through unlicensed spectrum. They are bridging digital divides and delivering service where the legacy phone providers have chosen not to go. In short, they are an integral part of the solution to growing “industries of the future,” especially in rural America.
As the Senate and other policymakers examine the ways to maintain America’s global economic and high-tech edge, they can ensure that small fixed wireless companies can continue to contribute to American prosperity by promoting meaningful access to unlicensed spectrum – such as in the 6 GHz, 5.9 GHz, C-Band, CBRS, and EBS bands. This focus, which looks to balance the needs of licensed, lightly licensed and unlicensed wireless providers, will bring more broadband solutions to America’s “industries of the future,” better guaranteeing success, growth and U.S. economic and technological leadership.
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 850 members that support WISPA’s advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit www.wispa.org.