WISPA Bids Farewell to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell

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Organization urges new replacement prospects to maintain a fair balance of licensed and unlicensed spectrum

WISPA will continue to be the industry’s advocate for unlicensed spectrum to ensure that the FCC upholds its initiative of every American having access to the Internet

The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry, bids farewell to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell. WISPA thanks both for their service to the public and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

Chairman Genachowski and Commissioner McDowell have both been instrumental in responding to the changing and rapidly growing broadband needs of American consumers. They understood and supported the role that small business plays in providing local competition, generous rural expansion, and a responsiveness to the Internet as an essential community service. WISPA commends them for a job well done in their many years of service at the FCC.

As new leadership is appointed, WISPA encourages the new FCC prospects to maintain a fair balance between licensed and unlicensed spectrum. Unlicensed spectrum is the engine of innovation. It enables low cost broadband deployment to rural America, and is a necessary platform for developing the next generation of the Internet. WISPA urges the new leaders to adopt and enforce policies that effectively maximize the amount of TV white space spectrum and ensure that other spectrum bands are shared effectively between licensed and unlicensed service providers.

“WISPA will continue to be the industry’s advocate for unlicensed spectrum to ensure that the FCC upholds its initiative of every American having access to the Internet,” said Elizabeth Bowles, President of WISPA. “This initiative can only be accomplished with the industry working together towards a common goal of Internet everywhere and fair competition.”

About WISPA
WISPA is a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has over 700 members consisting of wireless Internet service providers, municipal wireless internet providers, electric and telephone cooperative wireless Internet providers, equipment manufacturers, service vendors and other interested parties. For more information visit http://www.wispa.org.

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