WISPA Submits Statement for House Hearing on Broadband Solutions During COVID

Washington, DC, February 17, 2021 – House Committee staff asked WISPA to submit a statement for the record for today’s hearing in the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on “Connecting America: Broadband Solutions to Pandemic Problems.”
Topline/Summary of Statement
The WISP model of deployment has been proven to bring broadband home to unserved and underserved communities by focusing on employing the right tools for the right job. Though WISPs predominantly utilize unlicensed spectrum to connect their customers to broadband, a growing array of WISPs, have employed all tools at their disposal, including fiber. Just as the communities in which WISPs operate are diverse, so too are the terrain and deployment strategies needed to connect them. Operators need to remain nimble and be allowed the flexibility to pick the right tool for the job - a hallmark of any technologically neutral broadband policy that Congress may consider. COVID-19 certainly has caused a global calamity and greatly altered the way many of us use technology, but as STA access to the 5.9 GHz band reveals, WISP deployments can be exceedingly responsive, cost-effective, flexible, and evolutionary. And for these reasons, this technology should remain a tool in the connectivity toolbox. This quick and affordable access, coupled with key programs like the EBB, can ensure all Americans, regardless of income or location, get connected to high-speed internet today- not ten years from now.

WISPA's full statement 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 millions of residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.

Mike Wendy