WISPA Endorses Forbes Mercy for FirstNet Board of Directors Position

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As part of its annual process, the NTIA is seeking expressions of interest to fill any vacancies on the Board at the time certain initial appointments expire on August 19, 2013.

I will look to find ways FirstNet can leverage existing assets and partner with others to build the network, to help ensure it is truly a nationwide network serving the needs of first responders

The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry, today announced that it has endorsed, Forbes Mercy, Vice President and Legislative Chair for WISPA, to be appointed to the Board of Directors of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent entity within the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). As part of its annual process, the NTIA is seeking expressions of interest to fill any vacancies on the Board at the time certain initial appointments expire on August 19, 2013.

Mercy has extensive experience in various capacities that are all strongly related to the mission of FirstNet -- to build a nationwide, public safety broadband network for first responders. As a former Fire Chief he values the contributions that FirstNet can make to support the important work of first responders. In addition to being a small business owner that manages a WISP that provides broadband service to the Yakima, Washington area, Mercy is also the Vice President and Legislative Chair of WISPA. He has extensive experience with public service communications, administration in corporate, government and small business, as well as technical expertise in the entire range of services, from dial-up to fiber-optics.

“Forbes is a tireless leader who has been, and still is, a valuable asset to WISPA. He is always willing to step up to do what is needed and goes above and beyond to ensure our mission is accomplished,” said Elizabeth Bowles, President of WISPA. “In addition, the entire WISPA organization supports Forbes and recommends him to serve on FirstNet’s Board of Directors.”

“I am very pleased that WISPA recognizes my leadership strength and experience in deploying wireless networks in rural and underserved areas. These qualifications are a tremendous benefit to the success of FirstNet meeting its mission,” said Forbes Mercy, Vice President and Legislative Chair for WISPA. “Should I be appointed, I will look to find ways FirstNet can leverage existing assets and partner with others to build the network, to help ensure it is truly a nationwide network serving the needs of first responders.”

About WISPA
WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has over 700 members that support WISPA’s advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.wispa.org.

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