Statement on President Biden's Jobs Proposal

The following statement may be attributed to Christina Mason, VP of Government Affairs for WISPA.
Washington, DC, March 31, 2021 – We are greatly encouraged by President Biden’s push to create new jobs and rebuild much of America’s core infrastructure.  America leads the world because government, private industry and everyday Americans have worked together to build robust and effective infrastructure which drives our prosperity, keeps us safe and helps us stay connected with each other and our communities – in good and in tough times.
Broadband plays a major role in making our lives progressively better.  All Americans should have access to high speed internet no matter where they live or what they can afford.  Though the digital divide is shrinking, more can and must be done to bring all Americans online.  The President’s focus is right on target.
WISPA believes this can be achieved with:
  • More spectrum for small innovators;
  • Subsidy programs that are truly tech-neutral and leverage providers already in the marketplace;
  • Nondiscriminatory access to physical infrastructure for small broadband providers; and
  • More support to boost digital adoption and inclusion. 
This path to gigabit plan will help build evolutionary broadband networks that are competitive, ubiquitous and adopted by all.  In doing so, it will go the distance toward realizing the President’s call to build jobs and get all Americans online.
WISPs serve seven million Americans in the hardest to reach areas of the country.  We are an integral part of making their lives better.  We look forward to working with the Administration and all stakeholders so that America’s unserved and underserved communities get the tools and infrastructure they need to thrive.
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