Modest Technical Changes Would Make TVWS Even Better for Consumers

The following statement may be attributed to Louis Peraertz, VP of Policy for WISPA:

Washington, DC, October 6, 2020 – WISPA is encouraged by today’s release of the FCC’s open meeting agenda, which indicates that the TVWS Order will be on deck for the October open meeting.  Many of our rural members operate in the band, and we have long advocated for the Commission to develop rules which would help make the band even more useful for them, the WISP ecosystem, and wireless consumers using those services. 
Though the Order proposes to increase power levels and height about average terrain for TV White Space antennas, and that will help services reach more Americans, we believe a couple of technical changes would enable more efficient use of that spectrum.   If the FCC adopts the widely-accepted Longley-Rice Irregular Terrain Model (ITM) interference protection standard, and acknowledges and enables the use of directional antennas in its TVWS database, the band would be equal to its promise.  These changes would give more power to the band without creating harmful interference, simultaneously allowing TVWS users to work harmoniously with broadcast TV operations and operators in the band.
We hope the Commission agrees to these modest modifications, and we stand ready to work with the FCC and all stakeholders as it works toward a vote on the TVWS Order.
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.
Mike Wendy