RTG, FiberTower, Sprint Nextel and WCAI, (Coalition), refuted the latest allegations made by the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) regarding the Coalition’s proposal to permit limited fixed licensed use of a limited percentage of the vacant TV Bands channels or “White Spaces” in rural and tribal areas to provide more cost-effective backhaul options. WISPA’s continued attempts to exclude limited licensed point-to-point backhaul operations in the White Spaces should be summarily rejected. Instead, the FCC should adopt the Coalition’s backhaul proposal and ensure that the White Spaces spectrum can be deployed for cost effective backhaul to support and facilitate viable rural and tribal broadband deployment, including in more remote areas in many cases.
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