WISPA Hails House Passage of Infrastructure PackageWashington, DC, November 6, 2021 – WISPA congratulates the U.S. Congress for passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA), which provides $65 billion of Federal support for broadband deployment, affordability and middle-mile funding. This landmark piece of bi-partisan legislation will help community-based and Tribal providers get all Americans online, bridging the stubborn digital divide which thwarts the prosperity and welfare of millions who go without internet access.
WISPA’s members connect communities in the toughest reaches of America, and we worked hard with congressional leadership on both sides of the aisle to make sure all technologies remain available to bring high-quality, ever-evolving internet connectivity to all Americans. This “open toolbox” approach will help consumers by driving innovation and keeping internet plans affordable and accessible to all.
No doubt, there is much work ahead to realize the promise of the IIJA and its $42.45 billion of dedicated funding to bring broadband deployment into “unserved” and “underserved” areas of the country, as well as its $14 billion focused on digital equity and affordability programs to enhance adoption for Americans at or near the poverty level. That noted, we look forward to the historic opportunity in front of us, and we pledge our steadfast efforts to help the states and localities make good on Congress’ tremendous promise for the American people.
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.