Bluffton, IN (PRWEB) May 15, 2014
The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry, is pleased that the FCC Commissioners voted today to again recognize the benefits of unlicensed spectrum to the continued growth of broadband and innovation.
In adopting an initial set of rules for the TV band incentive auction scheduled for next year, the FCC set aside unlicensed spectrum for personal/portable use. The next challenge for the FCC is to ensure that unlicensed spectrum remaining in the band, following the auction and the re-packing of TV stations, remains viable for fixed wireless broadband services in rural areas. The FCC has tools it can use to optimize the utility of the white space spectrum for fixed broadband, and WISPA fully intends to work closely with the FCC to make sure that businesses and consumers continue to enjoy the benefits of TV white space spectrum.
“Today’s action is a good start and resolves many of the issues for the upcoming incentive auction, but many issues critical to WISPs and the communities they serve must be addressed in future proceedings,” said Alex Phillips, FCC Committee Chair for WISPA. “WISPs in America are the first movers in the global white space marketplace. The FCC must use its re-packing tools to enable WISPs to accelerate the deployment of broadband in rural and underserved areas.”
WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has over 800 members that support WISPA’s advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.wispa.org.