WISPA Urges a Single-round, Sealed Bid Auction Model for 2.5 GHz AuctionThe following quote may be attributed to Louis Peraertz, VP of Policy for WISPA:
Washington, DC, May 27, 2021 – WISPs are powerful allies toward bridging the digital divide. To a large extent, they depend on meaningful access to spectrum to accomplish that goal. In 2019, the FCC decided that it would adopt county-size licenses and channel block sizes of 17.5, 49.5, and 50.5 megahertz. These decisions create a tremendous incentive for small WISPs to participate in the auction and help the Commission meet its priority of getting all Americans online.
The next step is for the Commission to design a competitive 2.5 GHz auction process. Because of the encumbrances of the 2.5 GHz spectrum, and other unique circumstances of the band, a single-round, sealed bid auction model with “either/or” optionality and “pay-as-bid” pricing will bring more players to the table – especially local, rural innovators – fostering an inclusive environment for diverse parties to bid. Auctions that foreclose competition, or work to keep smaller players out, do not further the public interest. Radio spectrum is finite, and with the ever-increasing demand for wireless broadband services, we cannot afford to auction it in a less than truly competitive process. We trust the balance we propose here is the most equitable and effective way to boost the rapid deployment of broadband to the toughest reaches of America.
A copy of today's FCC filing can be found 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.