WISP America Response

Fake Data from the ACMA?

It is worth remembering that the FCC changes will only reduce the number of protected Area Licences (PAL) to potentially hundreds for 10 years duration from 1000’s.

In Comparison, the ACMA solution is a staggering one single national license for 20 years, yet the ACMA have falsely advised the Minister that the FCC CBRS is under question. !! — WISPAU


FCC Fact sheet on CBRS Spectrum.Rural America to FCC


What’s Happening in Brief

Locally-based fixed wireless broadband providers, called wireless ISPs (WISPs), and their allies are working to counter the mobile industry’s demands to erect new barriers to the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum band (3550-3700 MHz).

A plan backed by the mobile wireless industry would overturn pro-small-business, pro-innovation rules adopted by the FCC in 2015 and 2016. The changes include extending license terms from three years to 10; adding an undefined “renewal expectancy;” and expanding the geographic size of licenses to much larger areas, lumping rural areas in with cities. Taken together, these proposals would limit participation in the auction and preclude this spectrum from being used by entrepreneurial WISPs to provide fixed broadband to unserved rural Americans. The FCC voted on October 24, 2017 to initiate a Proposed Rulemaking to revise the current rules, and that process is expected to run through early 2018.
WISPA’s Position

• This is a make-or-break moment for rural America – a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take an under-utilized public spectrum resource and solve a pressing public policy challenge in rural America: connecting the unconnected.

• The CBRS band is ideal for providing coverage to rural and suburban consumers who lack broadband access or choice today. Cost-effective deployments can be made within months, with private capital.

• The existing rules are flexible and enable many different business models, including those of national
wireless carriers, smaller mobile providers, industrial companies, universities, sports arenas, building managers and others – all of whom are counting on the current rules.

• In contrast, the changes being sought by the mobile wireless industry would essentially create a 5G-only band, primarily for large mobile providers. The changes would strand investments made in reliance on the current rules and foreclose access by anyone other than the large carriers that operate over large geographic areas, but who often avoid rural areas because it is less cost-effective to deploy service there.

• This is a David-versus-Goliath battle. The national mobile carriers want to take over this spectrum to provide more capacity in urban areas; WISPs and others seek to maintain access to this spectrum to provide coverage in under-served areas. The current rules give both groups the access they want, but the national carriers want it all, to the detriment of new entrants and other business models.

• Jimmy Carr, Chair of WISPA’s Legislative Committee, jcarr@wispa.org
• Mark Radabaugh, Chair of WISPA’s FCC Committee, mark@amplex.net
“The 23 million rural Americans who lack basic fixed broadband service in their homes should be outraged if the FCC’s action on CBRS results in delaying the deployment of broadband in their communities because the FCC once again prioritizes the needs of the mobile industry.”
– Chuck Hogg, Chair of WISPA

What Is Fixed Wireless Broadband?
Wireless internet service providers (WISPs) deliver reliable, affordable broadband to customers in fixed locations such as residences, businesses, and schools

Fixed wireless is the fastest-growing sector of the broadband industry, characterized by cost-effective deployment, rapid technology innovation, and many credible new entrants.

To date, the industry has served mostly rural and suburban areas where telephone and cable broadband deployments are often not cost-effective.
Fixed wireless also is the most efficient broadband access technology.

Networks can be built and upgraded rapidly – at a fraction of the cost – of those based on DSL, fiber, cable or satellite technologies.

Most WISPs are small and medium-sized businesses led by entrepreneurs who live in the communities they serve. Most have built their networks with private, at-risk capital, and are profitable and sustainable without government subsidies or incumbent-protecting regulations. They employ local staff.

Typical Fixed Wireless Network Architecture
For More Information:
• “WISPS See 3.5 GHz In Small License Sizes as Critical To Broadband In Rural America” – Communications Daily, October 18, 2017, https://t.co/aPxl15e7gx
• “Retaining 3.5 GHz Rules Seen as Boon to Rural Areas, Innovation” – TR Daily, September 20, 2017, https://goo.gl/mEgrHq
• “Auction Expert Backed By Wi-Fi Group, WISPA Advocates For Auction Tailored To 3.5 GHz” – Fierce Wireless, August 9, 2017, https://goo.gl/hWLuHQ
• “Petition by Mobile Industry Giants Would Stifle Innovation And Delay Access To Broadband” – Comments filed by WISPA at the FCC, July 24,2017, http://wispa.org/Portals/37/FCC%20Filings/2017/CBRS_Comments.pdf
U.S. WISP Industry Fast Facts
• More than 2,000 providers
• More than 4 million customers
• In all 50 states
• Typical download speeds: 5 to 50 Mbps residential, up to 1 Gbps business

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