On March 2, 2016, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) wispa-logoapplauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for adopting rules that will enable Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) to continue to use 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum to connect rural Americans with long-distance links.

The FCC order relaxes out-of-band emission rules that were adopted in 2014 and affords manufacturers a transition period to meet the new requirements.FCCRuling

The FCC acted on petitions for reconsideration and worked closely with a WISPA-led industry coalition to achieve a positive result.

“We are grateful for the FCC’s order and the cooperative effort that led to this result,” said Alex Phillips, president of WISPA.  “It has been a long process to get the rules right.  The FCC’s adoption of the new technical requirements proposed by industry will enable rural Americans to receive broadband access over fixed wireless networks where other options are not available.”


Prince Law Offices, P.C. congratulates WISPA and the FCC on this practical solution.


  1. Verizon is notifying some Pa. customers they are discontinuing the “copper” landline for both phone and DSL. Technically under federal law they cannot remove the copper service before 2020. None the less if the customer area does not have FIO`s they will be required to get the wireless. The PUC is asking customers who get the notice to file a complaint with the PUC.


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