WISPA Hails FCC Leasing Model to Better Utilize 4.9 GHz BandThe following statement may be attributed to Louis Peraertz, VP of Policy for WISPA:
Washington, DC, September 23, 2020 – Nearly two decades ago, the Commission designated 50 megahertz of spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band for public safety communications. Despite many attempts to maximize use of the band, it remains largely unused outside of metropolitan areas. WISPA commends Chairman Ajit Pai for proposing an innovative policy to open up the 4.9 GHz band for other users. This leasing model will streamline use of the vastly underutilized band without compromising the ability of public safety users to access the spectrum. Given its proximity to the 5 GHz U-NII bands, we expect manufacturers can develop equipment and technology quickly, for the benefit of public safety users as well as innovators and entrepreneurs leasing the spectrum. Consumers will reap enormous benefits, too, especially those who rely on fixed wireless networks to access the Internet in rural and urban areas of America.
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.