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July 24th, 2018 | Issue 12
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LIVE CANDIDATE Q&A WEBINAR
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25TH 12:00PM EDT - 1:15PM EDT
CANDIDATES: Gerry Ford - Todd Harpest - Chuck Hogg - Keefe John - Garth Nicholas - Mark Radabaugh - Nathan Stooke ( See Candidate Applications )

WISPA members are cordially invited to take part in a Q&A webinar session with the 2018 candidates for Board of Directors. The seven nominees are each vying for one of three open 3-year positions that will help shape the future of WISPA, and your participation is important. Join moderator Steven Grabiel for this 75-minute session where we'll seek important answers to members pre-submitted questions. Please submit your questions on the registration form or email them to admins@wispa.org by 5 PM EDT Tuesday, July 24th.
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
CLAUDE AIKEN TESTIFIES BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMERCE COMMUNICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ABOUT RURAL BROADBAND
Census Tract Size Licenses
IN A LETTER TO THE FCC, WISPA AND 182 FIXED WIRELESS BROADBAND PROVIDERS CONTINUE PUSH FOR CENSUS TRACT SIZED LICENSES
We are 182 fixed wireless broadband providers. We serve hard-to-reach places that no one else will: remote farms, schools, libraries, healthcare institutions, and other businesses that but for us would have no broadband or no broadband competition.

RURAL AMERICA ASKS: 5G OR NO G?
Op-Ed by Claude Aiken

We have seen a lot of hype about 5G wireless technology in the news lately, and in the halls of government. But in March, at a hearing about broadband infrastructure, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mt.) asked a critical question: “How do we get 5G into rural America?”

5G or No G
U.S. General Services Administration
WISPA FILES COMMENTS WITH THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION CONCERNING STREAMLINED ACCESS TO FEDERAL LAND INFRASTRUCTURE
As described in the filing, access to federal property and vertical infrastructure on federal lands is critical to accelerating the provision of broadband service to rural, unserved and underserved areas. WISPA urges GSA to promote transparency and to support a more streamlined, cost-effective review process for the deployment of broadband facilities.

MIT SCHOLAR SAYS MOBILE INDUSTRY’S APPROACH TO CBRS WOULD PUT U.S. ON SLOW ROAD TO 5G
A mobile wireless industry consultant says small license areas in the CBRS band will put the U.S. at a disadvantage in the global “race to 5G.” MIT scholar Bill Lehr says that’s backwards; smaller license areas will attract more investment in a variety of innovative use cases.

5G
C-Band
WISPA APPLAUDS FCC ACTION PROPOSING EXPANSION OF FLEXIBLE USE MID-BAND SPECTRUM
Washington, DC – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for taking steps toward expanding the use of mid-band spectrum, also known as the C-Band (3.7-4.2 GHz).

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 as 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
WISPA Outlines Broadband Fixed Wireless Economics, Policy Goals Before Congress

Broadband fixed wireless economics are considerably better than those for fiber-to-the-home, said Claude Aiken, president and CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) in written testimony presented to the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology yesterday.

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