We have an important set of issues that we need to voice, and our members are always willing to step up and spread the word about the terrific things WISPs do every day in their local communities.
Bluffton, IN (PRWEB) September 16, 2013
Representatives of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry, will meet with Congressional and FCC leaders September 17-18 in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues affecting its industry.
WISPA representatives include three Board members -- Chuck Hogg, President of WISPA; Elizabeth Bowles, Legislative Chair; and Alex Phillips, FCC Chair. In addition, eight small business representatives will attend. The attendees will emphasize the need to preserve public spectrum and make more unlicensed spectrum available to help meet the growing demand for fixed broadband services in rural areas where other technology platforms may not be available or affordable.
WISPA also will ask that the FCC’s subsidy program be administered in a transparent and fair manner so that federal support is not applied in areas where unsubsidized broadband and voice services are present. The goal is to inform leaders and rule makers on the unfairness associated with subsidizing corporations that compete against small business that provide the broadband needs of rural America.
“We look forward to strengthening our relationships with key policy leaders,” said Elizabeth Bowles, WISPA’s Legislative Committee Chair. “We have an important set of issues that we need to voice, and our members are always willing to step up and spread the word about the terrific things WISPs do every day in their local communities.”
The following are a list of attendees, the companies they represent, the congressional district and counties.
- Michael Birnbaum, Cloud Alliance (Vermont)
- Elizabeth Bowles, Aristotle Inc. (Arkansas)
- Sean Heskett, Zirkel Wireless (Colorado)
- Chuck Hogg, Shelby Broadband (Kentucky)
- Jeff Kohler, JAB Broadband (Colorado)
- Dan Lubar, Slopeside Internet (Colorado)
- Phil Laux, aXess America,LLC (Indiana)
- Justin Miller, VA SkyWire, LLC (Virginia)
- Alex Phillips, Rural Broadband Network Services LLC (Virginia)
- Brian Young, Convergence Technologies Inc. (Illinois)
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.