WISPA Files Comments on the Deployment of Advanced Telecommunications Capability to All AmericansWashington, DC, September 18, 2020 – Today, WISPA filed comments with the FCC on its NOI concerning the deployment of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans.
Briefly, WISPA believes:
- The Commission should retain its existing criteria for defining “advanced telecommunications capability” while maintaining its existing distinction between fixed and mobile wireless services.
- The FCC should continue to promote accelerated deployment of licensed and unlicensed broadband services by allocating additional spectrum and providing high-cost support through its RDOF program.
- And, the Commission also must be cognizant of the dramatic increase and shift in broadband demand, brought into stark relief by the C-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic has exposed what is good about our nation’s broadband networks and what needs improvement. In the face of massive increase in demand as broadband consumption concentrated in residences, broadband networks were overwhelmingly able to accommodate the dramatic uptick in demand. At the same time, stories about the unavailability of broadband in rural and remote areas demonstrate that more work is necessary to close the digital divide. Fixed wireless technology is the fastest and best way to address these shortfalls, and WISPA members are doing what they can, where they are, to help meet this gap. When the FCC grants Special Temporary Authority requests for access to the 5.9 GHz band, allocates more unlicensed spectrum in 6 GHz, and holds auctions that allows all sizes of companies to acquire licensed spectrum, it helps the fixed wireless industry bridge that gap.”
A copy of the filing may be found here.
WISPA’s 1000 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.