WISPA Likes What It Sees in First Draft of National Broadband MapThe following statement may be attributed to Louis Peraertz, VP of Policy for WISPA – Broadband Without Boundaries:
Washington, DC, November 18, 2022 – WISPA appreciates what it sees in the first draft of the FCC’s much awaited National Broadband Map. It is an impressive leap in technology, light years beyond the previous maps built from the 477 data submitted by broadband providers. Simply put, it has much of the granularity WISPA’s members have been requesting for years. This information, when further refined in the map’s next iterations, will help wisely shepherd the use of taxpayer dollars to bring all Americans online, preventing pernicious overbuilding and directing broadband to where it is truly needed.
Congrats to the FCC, especially for such a quick turnaround on putting the first draft together. Our members are still going to have to kick the tires and work through the challenge processes, but that said, the FCC Chairwoman, Commissioners, the Broadband Data Task Force, and our WISPA members who filed their Form 477 and BDC submissions, are to be commended for their efforts to provide a more accurate picture of where broadband is and is not.
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WISPA’s approximately 1000 members provide fixed broadband connectivity, and include equipment suppliers, support services, and other industry partners and stakeholders. Our members provide broadband access to millions of residential and business customers in rural, urban, and Tribal areas across America.