WISPA Introduces Its Path to Gigabit Plan

Washington, DC, March 24, 2021 – WISPA announced a new proposal to expedite deployment of futureproof broadband to the hardest reach areas of America.  WISPA’s “Path to Gigabit” plan works to address calls from policymakers to eradicate the digital divide once and for all, seeking to achieve this goal in a rapid, taxpayer-friendly, and evolutionary manner by leveraging the innovation and diversity of small solution providers such as WISPs already serving the marketplace. 

Briefly, the Path to Gigabit plan works to:
  • Localize spectrum policy to supercharge competition, urging more accessible spectrum for diverse, smaller innovators to boost connectivity in the hardest to serve parts of rural, suburban and urban America;
  • Develop subsidy programs that leverage present providers, resulting in significant savings today while still delivering evolutionary capabilities of the future;
  • Align infrastructure policy to unleash competition by small innovators, ensuring access for underserved and unserved communities, putting them on the road to gigabit connectivity now rather than years from now; and
  • Achieve digital adoption, inclusion, recognizing that reducing these barriers makes sure the benefits of investing in futureproof deployment inures to all Americans.
Notes Claude Aiken, President and CEO of WISP, in prepared slides, “Tailored policy solutions can connect communities to affordable, futureproof broadband today without having to spend billions more over the next decade, delaying delivery of quality, high speed broadband to Americans who would have to wait years to receive it.  WISPs build tomorrow’s broadband solutions today, proving networks can be sustainable even in the toughest to reach places of America.  Law and policy must work to include WISPs as a solution to the digital divide.”

Added Aiken, “There is no one-size-fits-all solution to America’s connectivity gap. From terrain to climate to the very bedrock they live and play upon, American communities are as different in its network deployment needs as the people who call these communities home. A federal policy framework that allows for a flexible, all-of-the-above approach to deployment will allow service providers to deploy the technology that best meets the needs of the communities they serve. This path to gigabit, and beyond, leverages today’s communications landscape for the needs of tomorrow.”
The Path to Gigabit Plan can be accessed 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