Without the WISP industry, many rural areas would not have broadband or Internet, and even non-rural areas would not have a choice of service providers.
Bluffton, IN (PRWEB) October 23, 2013
The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry, held its annual fall conference and expo, WISPAPALOOZA, last week at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Only in its 3rd year, WISPAPALOOZA broke the show attendance record with more than 1,000 attendees, 100 exhibitors/sponsors and over 50 business, regulatory and technical learning sessions. In addition, the conference was represented by 23 countries from around the world.
Fiber Weekend was held on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th which provides wireless Internet service providers with a comprehensive education of fiber optic installation and engineering as they work on building hybrid networks combining the benefits of fiber optics and wireless broadband infrastructure.
The conference concluded with a banquet honoring the following recipients of WISPA’s 2013 Awards.
- Operator of the Year – JAB Broadband
- Visionary Award – Jack Unger, Ask-Wi.com
- Manufacturer of the Year – KP Performance Antennas
- Synergy Award –ServerPlus
- Triumph Award – Sooner Wireless
- Volunteer of the Year – Nathan Stooke, WisperISP
- Volunteer of the Year – Chuck Hogg, Shelby Broadband
- Product of the Year - TowerCoverage.com
- Distributor of the Year – Winncom Technologies
“As an organization representing the interests of fixed wireless Internet service providers including service and equipment vendors, we are extremely pleased at the attendance and support that made this year’s event a huge success,” said Rick Harnish, Executive Director of WISPA. “Without the WISP industry, many rural areas would not have broadband or Internet, and even non-rural areas would not have a choice of service providers. WISPA is pleased to bring together this vast group of market leaders to converge, share and learn as a cohesive industry. After all, when it comes to broadband, our motto is Where There is a WISP, There is a Way.”
WISPA will hold its annual spring conference and expo, WISPAmerica, from March 23-28, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, AR.
WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has over 770 members that support WISPA’s advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.wispa.org.