WISPA Adds Advocacy Committee Chairs

The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) has sppointed three new committee chairpersons. The one-year term appointments were made during the organization’s annual WISPAPALOOZA conference last week in Las Vegas, and concern the three most active committee for the group, all tasked with organizing advocacy efforts for the WISP industry.

Alex Phillips, CEO and general manager of RBNS.net, based out of Harrisonburg, Va., has been re-appointed as chairman of the FCC Committee, which coordinates all activities and rulemaking among the WISP industry and federal government agencies. Phillips is also a WISPA board member and vice president of the organization.

Former WISPA president Elizabeth Bowles, president of Aristotle in Little Rock, has been appointed as chairman of the Legislative Committee, which coordinates issues, interests and advocacies of elected government officials. Bowles is still an active elected director on the board as well.

Forbes Mercy, president of Washington Broadband, which is headquartered in Yakima, Wash., has been appointed as chairman of the promotions committee, responsible for organizing a uniform message and educating organization members, media and others with similar interests about advocacies within the industry. Mercy is a current director, having just been re-elected for his fourth term, and a former vice president and legislative chair of the group.

“I would like to thank all of the members that expressed interest in becoming chairpersons of WISPA’s Committees and congratulate those that have accepted this responsibility,” said Chuck Hogg, president of WISPA. “Each committee plays an important role in the growth and success of WISPA and I have confidence in the leadership of each appointee.”

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