WISPA Supports FCC's Proposed 5.9 GHz RulesThe following statement may be attributed to Louis Peraertz, VP of Policy for WISPA:
Washington, DC, July 2, 2021 – Broad consensus exists for adoption of the Commission’s proposed technical rules, enabling widespread outdoor unlicensed use of the 5.9 GHz band. As the FCC’s 5.9 GHz STAs make abundantly clear, too, the demand is there for it to go into quick and innovative service, keeping American’s connected during the pandemic, and beyond. That use also shows it can occur without causing harmful interference to licensed operations. Prime mid-band spectrum is finite and too valuable for it to remain roadblocked by promises which have never gotten into first gear these past twenty years. We support the Commission’s proposals which would drive 45 megahertz of the band into higher use – Americans, especially those in rural and underserved areas of the country, would see immediate and lasting benefits should the FCC’s proposals move swiftly forward.
A copy of the Reply Comments may 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.