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Basic Nominee Information
Full Name Alex Phillips
Title/Position CEO and General Manager
Company Name Highspeedlink.net
City/State Harrisonburg, VA
   
   
Member Company Background
Are you a full-time employee at a WISPA member organization? Yes
How many full-time staff are employed by your company? 2
Briefly describe your company's business (services offered, client base, areas of coverage). Highspeedlink is a WISP.  We have a customer base of mostly residential customer with about 25% business.  We cover 4 counties in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  We offer Broadband Internet and Point to Point network services.
   
   
Professional Background
How long have you held your current position? 10 years
How many years of experience do you have in the wireless Internet industry? 15 years
Describe your primary job responsibilities. Day to day operations as well as network design and technical support.  I am also in charge of hardware test and evaluation and perform most of the purchasing for the company.
   
   
Individual Qualifications
Why do you want to become a member of the WISPA Board of Directors and what do you hope to achieve through your leadership experience? I want to help effect changes in our industry that can benefit and make the WISP industry more competitive and stronger.  I hope to achieve this by working as a board member to educate law makers as well as regulatory agencies of the vast capabilities of the WISPs in business today so as to level the playing field.  It is very important for our Legislators to understand that small WISP operators are filling the gaps of Broadband and for them to solely support the Large Telcos is not in the best interest of the public.
   
Please describe your experience and current involvement with WISPA, including participating on WISPA committees. I have been an active participant in the FCC Committee for the past 3 years.  I have participated in FCC Visits and meetings as well as participating many forums related to TV White Space and the TV Spectrum Repack.

I am currently working on a TV White Space Trial in my area, working with Economic Development, DoD and Virginia Tech.
   
Please explain strengths that you possess that would be of particular benefit to WISPA through your service on the board (e.g. leadership, areas of specialty, industry relations, etc.) I am very intimate with the needs of our industry as a WISP and feel that my input and leadership can help WISPA grow more and help our membership be more competitive.  I have always spoken my mind on the WISP list and I am not afraid to say what I think needs to be said.  I have good relationships with many of the Old and New WISP's in our membership and although we don't always agree, I think the debates I have sparked have been beneficial to the entire membership.
   
Please describe any current or previous leadership experience with non-profit organizations and your role: I was a founding Director of the Virginia ISP Alliance and currently CEO of a small WISP.
   
In your view, what are the biggest challenges facing the wireless internet industry, and how do you believe WISPA should address them? Access to more usable spectrum is always at the top of the list, but equally important is to stop the Federal Government from unfairly supporting the large telco's with subsidies that they then use to compete with our members.  USF and other subsidies are allowing our competition to bribe customers with absurdly low rates or flat screen TV's.  This has to stop.