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August 7th, 2018 | Issue 13
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WISPA MEMBERS:
Please don't forget to vote in the 2018 Board Election. Remind your company's Key Contact to check their email for a ballot. Thank you!

CANDIDATES:
Gerry Ford
Todd Harpest
Chuck Hogg
Keefe John
Garth Nicholas
Mark Radabaugh
Nathan Stooke
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DEPLOYING CBRS: WHAT TO EXPECT
A DEEPER DIVE INTO CBRS USE
The Good, The Bad, And The Unknown
• CBRS Update

• What to expect for deployment of CBRS

• What is a SAS and expectations of SAS roles and operation and working with SASs

• Transition from FCC Part 90 to Part 96 operation
• What is a CBSD and the differences in categories and expected deployment

• Current expectations of the roll-out of CBRS for GAA and PAL

• What is CPI (Certified Professional Installer) and what is required for CBSD 
installation and registration
• Co-existence in CBRS

• What it takes to operate in the CBRS Band

• Discussion of costs and equipment

• Regulatory brief and recap

• Gaining a grant in GAA

• PALs and what to expect
WISPA URGES THE FCC TO ALLOW SECONDARY COMMERCIAL USE OF THE 4.9 GHZ BAND ON A SHARED BASIS WITH PUBLIC SAFETY LICENSEES
US Small Business Administration shares WISPA’s concerns on CBRS license areas
SBA Office of Advocacy
WISPA APPLAUDS U.S. HOUSE VOTE FOR BILL TO EXPAND RURAL BROADBAND AND PRECISION AGRICULTURE
Washington, DC – The goal of reliable, affordable broadband service for America’s farms received strong support this week as the U.S. voted 378-4 to approve a bill called the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act ( H.R. 4881 ).

CROSSROADS WIFI PROVIDING BROADBAND ACROSS RURAL TENNESSEE
During Claude Aiken's  testimony before Congress , he told Rep. Marsha Blackburn the story of WISPA member  Crossroads Wi-Fi , a small fixed wireless broadband provider that played a large part in transforming Lone Oaks Farm into a major facility within the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture.

WISPA Members
CALL FOR STATE COORDINATORS

From WISPA President Claude Aiken:

Over the coming year, I'd really like to get our state coordinators more active and engaged. There are a lot of things that happen at the state level that would really benefit from some strong state coordinators.

We need WISPA members interested in serving as a state coordinator for the following states: 
  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

Would be helpful if you know and have good relationships with other WISPs in the state, and are interested in getting involved with state and local leadership in your state.

If you're interested, please contact Garth Nicholas and myself so that we can get you signed up.

Thanks,
Claude
WISPA on CBRS
WISPA IS IN THE MIDST OF ITS MOST AGGRESSIVE ADVOCACY EFFORT EVER.
ICYMI: Recent News Clips
WISPs Fighting for Census-Tract Licenses in CBRS

Forget the lazy, hazy days of summer. The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association has been busy in the last month, lobbying hard for access to spectrum in small geographic areas in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), which it thought it had sewn up three years ago.

'Innovation Band' Weathers Complications As FCC Delays OK

The Citizens Broadband Radio Service started off as a cool idea: taking blocked-off military spectrum and letting innovative broadband companies and other upstarts jump into the unused gaps in the airwaves. But it's turned into a yearslong process of figuring out how to protect military communications from interference and carve up the spectrum into useful chunks to satisfy both smaller commercial users and major wireless carriers.

Ajit Pai gets message from his hometown ISP: Don’t hurt us small ISPs

A broadband provider from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's hometown says one of his latest plans could prevent it from purchasing spectrum needed to bolster its network.
Wave Wireless  is a locally owned and operated home Internet provider in Parsons, Kansas, where Pai grew up.

WISPA: 5G not synonymous with mobile wireless

The fixed wireless community is determined to keep census tract-sized licenses in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band, sending a letter to the FCC signed by 182 fixed wireless broadband providers urging it to do just that.

WISPA is a 501.c6 advocacy organization that promotes the development, advancement, and unification of the wireless internet service provider industry.