Thanks for everything Frannie. Is there anything else we can do from our
end to help drive influence? I guess making those calls to Senate
staffers is critical right now. I met with Senator Obama last Saturday
about these issues. I hope all the WISPs are making the calls as we
have asked. I do not think people understand how critical this issue is
to not only the WISP industry but to the overall expansion of broadband
opportunity in the entire US.
Frannie Wellings wrote:
This press release went out today. I'm in a Congressional hearing for a couple
of hours so call Craig if you need anything.
From: Craig Aaron Comm. Director
Date: 10/19/05 12:33 pm
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subj: Wireless ISPs seek unlicensed spectrum
October 19, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
John Scrivner, WISPA, (618) 237-2387
Craig Aaron, Free Press, (202) 265-1490, x25
Wireless ISPs urge Senate to set aside 'unlicensed spectrum'
Local entrepreneurs see chance to use 'public resources to meet public needs'
in digital television transition
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 40 Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) from across the
country delivered a letter today urging members of the Senate Commerce Committee to make
"unlicensed spectrum" a major priority of any digital television (DTV)
As entrepreneurs providing unlicensed wireless services throughout the United
States, the WISPs encouraged the Committee to approve legislative and
regulatory policies that will expand the availability of unlicensed spectrum to
promote affordable broadband access.
The WISPs asked Congress to set aside portions of the broadcast band for unlicensed use
and to direct the FCC to complete its stalled rulemaking to open unassigned TV channels
in each market -- known as "white spaces" -- for unlicensed wireless broadband
"Any legislation that fails to address the spectrum needs of Americans in the 21st century
fails to serve the public interest," the letter declares. "The DTV transition represents
an historic opportunity to maximize efficient use of public resources to meet public needs."
To read a copy of the letter, go to
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