Our First Co-Hosted WISP Event
On December 4th, Amplex Internet’s President Mark Radabaugh opened their offices to host a site visit and fundraiser on behalf of their local Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH-5). Recognizing the importance of this event, several WISPs who provide service throughout Ohio and WISP PAC representatives joined in for the first ever WISP industry & WISP PAC co-hosted fundraiser.
Congressman Latta, currently serving his fifth term, is a member of the critical House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee where he serves as the Chairman of its Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. As importantly, Congressman Latta also serves as the Co-Chair of the House’s Rural Broadband Caucus.
Because of Representative Latta’s leading role in Congress regarding broadband and telecommunications, WISP PAC and Amplex wanted to give him a tour of a WISP and discuss with him some of the major issues facing WISPs today.
The fundraiser included an informal breakfast where attendees and the Congressman discussed the major issues of the WISP industry, including spectrum policy, internet freedom, and the proposed changes to the FCC’s rules for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (“CBRS”) spectrum band (3.55-3.7 MHz).
Prior to the breakfast, Mark gave the Congressman a tour of his WISP, explaining how his network works and providing specific examples of where current pending decisions will impact
his ability to serve his customers. Representative Latta left that fundraiser not only with some financial support, but also with a stronger understanding of how many of his constituents get their internet and the challenges it takes to deliver the services to them.
Attendees included Phil Maag of Metalink, Ken Williams of Watch Communications, Chris and Kathryn Cooper of Intelliwave, and Josh Luthman of Imagine Networks, all of whom operate WISPs in Ohio, and WISP PAC Board Members Dave Giles of Invisimax and Jimmy Carr of All Points Broadband.
“This event was a great opportunity for WISPs,” said WISP PAC Board Member Dave Giles. “Events like this give WISPs the opportunity to show our appreciation to Members of Congress who work tirelessly to support our industry and our customers – their constituents. This event provided us an opportunity to talk about the customers we serve, the local jobs our businesses create, and the regulatory environment we need to compete and thrive.”
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