400+ WISP Industry Companies Tell Congress to Keep Funding Bill Tech Neutral, Not Overrun Small Innovators

Washington, DC, July 16, 2021 – Over 400 WISP industry companies from 49 states sent a letter to Congress today, conveying a simple pro-consumer ask: As Federal legislators work to fund universal broadband access, such proposals should focus on inviting the greatest array of technologies, providers and solutions to the table; and promote fair competition which takes advantage of small community-based and tribal providers already in the marketplace.  To do otherwise would not only undermine competition and innovation, it would also drive many small, community-based and tribal providers out of business.      

WISPA organized the letter for its members, which include community-based and tribal providers of fixed wireless-hybrid broadband solutions, as well as the underlying hardware, software and services ecosystem which supports their efforts.  WISPs quickly and cost-effectively bring connectivity to 7 million Americans in the hardest reaches of the country – in the rural hinterlands, neglected urban centers, and all points in between.  They offer needed choice and competition to our nation’s families, businesses and anchor institutions, 24/7/365. 

We look forward to continuing this tremendous story and being strong allies in the digital divide, and we stand ready to help Congress create more opportunities for all Americans, no matter where they live, to access robust, evolutionary and affordable broadband connectivity. 

A copy of the letter 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.
Mike Wendy