Over 200 WISP Companies Urge Senate for Sharing in 3.1-3.45 GHz Band

Washington, DC, December 7, 2022 – WISPA sent a letter (linked below) – signed by over 200 companies in the WISP ecosystem – to Senators Cantwell and Wicker, in main part urging the Senate, as they work through ostensible negotiations on a potential “spectrum pipeline package,” to:
“…support legislation that allows small and medium-sized businesses like ours to continue providing broadband to customers who would otherwise lack access. In particular, we urge you to support an approach to spectrum use similar to the successful Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum sharing model used in the 3.55-3.7 GHz band for future spectrum bands, including 3.1-3.45 GHz.
“Recent proposals from the nation’s largest mobile cellular carriers would result in only a handful of companies gaining access to limited spectrum. Without access to additional usable spectrum, like that in the lower 3 GHz band, small and medium-sized businesses like ours may be precluded from expanding our offerings to the millions of truly unserved Americans desperately in need of connectivity...”

Meaningful access to spectrum represents the lifeblood of the small WISP.  The CBRS model is one such mechanism to achieve access to limited spectrum for small providers.  The letter concludes by asking Senators Cantwell and Wicker to "reject calls by those asking for the entire band to be auctioned for use by only a few of the largest companies who have repeatedly turned a cold shoulder to Americans living in the nation’s most rural and hard-to-reach areas. Instead, we urge you to support legislation that allows small and medium-sized businesses like ours the opportunity to access spectrum in the 3.1-3.45 GHz band."

Read the whole letter here.

About WISPA – Broadband Without Boundaries
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.
Mike Wendy