Chairman Pai's New TVWS Proposal Will Help More Rural Americans Get Online

The following statement may be attributed to Louis Peraertz, VP of Policy for WISPA:
Washington, DC, February 5, 2020 – Good spectrum policy seeks to squeeze as much juice as possible from the limited spectrum we have, making it more broadly useful for others.  That’s why today’s action by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai – in which he has essentially proposed to make the TV White Spaces band (TVWS) more powerful – must be commended.  It would allow for higher power use and taller antennas in the band, increasing coverage areas serviced through TVWS.  Innovation will abound, as a new ecosystem of hardware, software and Internet providers will develop due to the band’s more attractive propagation characteristics.  Ultimately wireless consumers will win from the new offerings which will result. 
The proposed changes not only make the technological marketplace more robust, it will also be a boon to important U.S. communications policy objectives.  Better TVWS services will provide another tool in the quiver of rural providers, such as our WISP members, who are looking for all the spectrum they can access to grow their small, local companies and help close the rural divide.  Quite simply, better TVWS services will bring more rural Americans online and participating in our digital economy. 
We salute the Chairman and we look forward to studying the details of his proposal.
WISPA’s approximately 850 members are composed of fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and the industry that supports fixed wireless broadband, including equipment suppliers, support services, and other components needed to run a successful business. Our members, and WISPs, in general, provide broadband access to over 6 million residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.
Mike Wendy