WISPA Opens Flagship Trade Show - WISPAPALOOZA

Las Vegas, NV, October 12, 2021 –  WISPA proudly opened the full return of its flagship trade show, WISPAPALOOZA, today through October 14th at the Paris Hotel and Bally’s, Las Vegas, NV.  Not held since 2019 due to the pandemic, WISPAPALOOZA comes back even stronger than before, bringing the evolving, community-based internet innovators ecosystem together at a single spot for education, trade show exhibits, ISP community engagement, and tons of local entertainment, food and fun.   

WISPAPALOOZA packs a punch for attendees, sponsors and exhibitors, featuring: 

  • More than 90 panels filled with over 200 internet access innovators, featuring updates on the state of technology, operational tips and practices, human resources, and the regulatory landscape, among others.
  • Over 160 exhibitors, demoing their best hardware, software, services and know-how.
  • 2000 WISP industry attendees, enabling tons of networking opportunities.

The event could not come at a better time.  The country is now entering a more stable and safer environment, lifting the economy and Americans away from the challenges brought by the pandemic.  Community-based access innovators have been integral to this positive movement, delivering internet access to those in the farthest and toughest reaches of America, helping us all weather the storm.  

“This WISPAPALOOZA is a celebration on a number of levels,” said Claude Aiken, President and CEO of WISPA.  “Our community hasn’t gotten together at this scale for two years, and we’re just excited as heck to get back and see old friends.”  But it goes deeper, he noted.  “I’m tremendously proud of the community for its steadfast service during the hardest times of our lives – they kept people connected, safe and working.  And they did it because it was the right thing to do.”      

It is also a celebration of the continual evolution of ISP technology and business models, too.  Over the course of two short years, the landscape has changed significantly.  Many WISPs now have licensed spectrum, via, among other manners, the CBRS auction completed last year.  Added to this, while fixed wireless access has been the industry’s predominate delivery technology, today the majority of WISPs now employ other transmission modes, such as fiber to the home and business.  Finally, more and more WISPs are competing for and using public funding to grow their networks, while also reducing the digital divide.”  

“Our community-based providers use an all-the-above toolbox so all Americans get competitive, innovative and affordable internet access in their communities,” stated Aiken.  “Look at the WISPAPALOOZA exhibition floor and education panels and you’ll see the amazing diversity, resilience and continued evolution of an industry that’s future-proofing solutions for their customers and marketplace.”

WISPA’s 1000 members are composed of fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and the evolving industry that supports fixed broadband connectivity, 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 in rural, urban and Tribal areas across America.

Mike Wendy