WISPA Supports White House Plan to Boost Affordable AccessWashington, DC, May 9, 2022 – WISPA and its member companies have long been leaders in bringing Internet access to unserved, underserved, and growing communities. Access to the Internet is crucial: during the COVID-19 pandemic alone, Internet services enabled the rapid expansion of consumer behaviors including distance learning, telemedicine, entertainment, and working from home. Improving the affordability of Internet service is a priority shared across all communities, and WISPA’s members are actively engaged in supporting the FCC Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) which assists qualifying applicants in lowering their Internet bills, generally through a $30 monthly subsidy. The rapid adoption of the ACP program rules made it possible for ISPs, of all sizes, to work quickly within their communities to match qualifying applicants to the benefit. Today’s White House announcement, in which it seeks to broaden access to the ACP, has WISPA’s support.
Since many WISPA members are at work in areas where the costs of Internet access and delivery are high, WISPA supports the action of the Congress in the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act to provide an increased monthly benefit, up to $75, to qualifying Americans in high-cost areas. As the specifics of this initiative and the determination of its benefit levels are clarified, WISPA and its members stand ready to support awareness and adoption within our communities, so that affordable Internet can become a reality for all.
WISPA’s approximately 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 provide evolutionary broadband access to millions of residential and business customers in rural, urban and Tribal areas across America.