WISPA Thanks House for Thoughtful Hearing on Broadband DeploymentThe following statement may be attributed to Eric Slee, Director of Government Affairs, WISPA:
Washington, DC, October 6, 2021 – WISPA would like to thank the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for its thoughtful examination of the issues underlying this Nation’s tremendous communications networks, especially those that help reduce the digital divide. As WISPA member Todd Brandenburg, CEO of PocketiNet, testified during the hearing, key among those issues is meaningful and expeditious access to infrastructure, as considered by several bills today which make up part of the Boosting Broadband Connectivity agenda, fair and open auctions for limited government funding, processes that truly incentivize broadband deployment by those in the marketplace, and more unlicensed and licensed spectrum for small entrepreneurs. WISPA greatly appreciates the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Mike Doyle’s recognition that allocating a portion of the 3.1 to 3.45 GHz band for unlicensed use is as important as auctioning a portion of that band. We believe Congress’ help in realizing these policies, among others, would result in more cost-effective, rapidly-deployed, and affordable broadband to those who lack such choices in the marketplace.
We look forward to working with the Committee and all other stakeholders to erase the stubborn digital divide
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.