August 5, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Camarillo, CA – Melissa Slawson, General Counsel and Vice President of Government Affairs and Education for GeoLinks has been named Chair of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association’s (WISPA) Rural Expansion Working Group. An independent entity that advises the WISPA President, the Working Group focuses on collaboration among WISPA members, ensuring regulatory compliance and industry best practices while advocating for equitable public policy that promotes responsible and successful network growth.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work closely with my industry colleagues to advocate for effective public policy and further strengthen our relationships with stakeholders and regulators,” said Slawson. “As we’ve continued to grow our network year-over-year at GeoLinks, we’ve seen the value that comes from WISPA’s collaborative industry focus. I look forward to utilizing that strength to continue making strides in industry advancements and to advocate for positive policy that will help drive forward the goal to connect rural and unserved Americans.”
GeoLinks has a long history of working to close the Digital Divide. As the largest grant winner in the state of California in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund Phase II Auction, GeoLinks is currently rolling out network infrastructure in rural California to connect historically underserved areas. Moreover, the company has focused deployment efforts on connecting rural schools and libraries throughout the state of California and beyond since 2016 and has frequently been the largest construction grant winner for Calif. K-12 schools and libraries.
As the FCC prepares for the the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Auction, a program that aims to further extend broadband access throughout America, WISPA continues to advocate for the fixed wireless industry, urging a technologically neutral approach toward bridging the digital divide. “At GeoLinks, we have proven that fixed wireless presents unprecedented advantages in the quest to deliver internet access for all,” concluded Slawson. “Through effective advocacy efforts, we can further leverage it as a tool to overcome the ever-increasing challenges Americans living in underconnected areas continue to face every day.”
Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.