Aiken Urges "Science and Truth" Approach to Bridge Divide in Admin's AJP Proposal

Washington, DC, June 3, 2021 – As the administration has combatted the COVID challenge through a data-driven approach, it must apply the same method toward bridging the digital divide, said Claude Aiken, president and chief executive officer of WISPA, in an opinion piece published today in Morning Consult.

In a piece entitled “Using the White House’s Approach to COVID to Amplify Infrastructure Policy,” Aiken urges the Administration and congressional lawmakers to follow a “science and truth” approach to broadband policy, which is inclusive and solutions-oriented. In doing so, it will ensure that infrastructure legislation now being contemplated in Congress can truly make a positive impact, resulting in more American jobs and better, more affordable connectivity for all consumers.
“On his first full day in office, President Joe Biden signed the ‘Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health Threats’ executive order,” writes Aiken. “This was the first step toward fulfilling his campaign promise to lead with ‘science and truth’ in his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as the president and congressional leaders attempt to navigate a multibillion-dollar infrastructure package through Congress, the same ‘science and truth’ approach could help ensure that the American Jobs Plan does what it is intended to do.”
Adds Aiken, “To end the COVID pandemic, we need all vaccines in arms as fast as possible. Broadband is no different. All technologies need to be in play in closing the connectivity gap. Truly data-driven and inclusive approaches to legislative policy will include multiple technologies that are well-suited to deliver robust and affordable broadband to all Americans.”
The full piece can be found on Morning Consult’s website.
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