WISPA Welcomes Congressional Oversight of RDOF I ProcessThe following statement may be attributed to Christina Mason, VP of Government Affairs for WISPA:
Washington, DC, January 20, 2021 – We applaud Congressional oversight efforts to ensure that the RDOF I process is efficiently managed, does not promote waste or fraud, and most importantly, works to shepherd $9.2 Billion of Federal Universal Service Support to the right companies working to bridge the digital divide.
We are pleased that a number of our members could take advantage of the opportunities that the FCC offered via RDOF. Though WISPA would have liked to see many more of its members scale the significant barriers to participate, we will continue to work to ensure that innovators and entrepreneurs have access to the same opportunities as entrenched incumbents.
The FCC’s long-form process asks hard questions of presumptive winners, thoroughly vetting applicants' proposals so that regulators can be assured they are capable of meeting the program’s requirements. It is important to work deliberately through that process to properly ascertain the ability of winners to perform. WISPA will continue to study the results of the RDOF Auction for important lessons learned which might improve the next reverse auction and bring more, diverse players to the table. Congressional efforts to understand this are welcome, and we stand ready work with our Congressional champions as they move forward with this important work.
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 millions of residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.