WISPA Looks forward to Working with VP Harris as She, Congress Craft Massive B-Band PackageWashington, DC, April 29, 2021 – WISPA looks forward to working with Vice President Kamala Harris and all other stakeholders as Congress works out the details of its $100 billion broadband deployment and adoption package. All Americans should have broadband no matter where they live or their ability to afford it. Congress’ proposal promises to eradicate the digital divide once and for all.
Right now, WISPs serve nearly 7 million Americans in the toughest to reach parts of our country – in the so-called digital divide. By 2025, research projects that nearly 13 million Americans will receive broadband from WISPs. This is being achieved through licensed, licensed-by-rule and unlicensed spectrum, and fiber, too. We know spectrum is the very infrastructure that ensures those in the divide can be served, and we are proud to be part of the solution to getting all Americans online.
We encourage the Vice President to include all technologies and business models in the final package, as well as balance the desire for highspeed delivery of broadband with the need to provide access to those who have none. Government-supported overbuilding of networks already providing broadband solves nothing, especially for those who have nothing.
The fixed wireless industry is a powerful ally in closing the divide. We stand ready to help Vice President Harris and Congress meet this important national goal.
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.