Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Organization Members Help Restore Broadband Service To Tornado-Stricken Oklahoma

WISPA and WECAT assist fellow wireless Internet service provider in rebuilding network through equipment and service donations


Bluffton, IN (May 30, 2013) – The WISPA Emergency Communication Action Team (WECAT), and the Wireless Internet Service Provider Association (WISPA), a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry, responded immediately to help restore vital broadband service to areas that were destroyed in the tornado that devastated sections of Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013.


In the hours and days following the tornado, WECAT answered the call of Sooner Wireless, a wireless high-speed ISP that provides communications services to inner-city, rural, residential, and commercial customers in Oklahoma.  In the tornado, Sooner Wireless lost two of its wireless communications towers, causing loss of service to its business and residential customers.

To reduce the financial and service burden, members of WISPA donated enough equipment to Sooner Wireless so it could rebuild its wireless infrastructure and restore service. Both WISPA members and non-members that donated equipment and service included Baltic Networks, Convergence Technologies, Link Technologies, Fourway Computer Products, On-Ramp Indiana, Streakwave Wireless, Ubiquiti Networks and WECAT.


“We appreciate the generosity of the WISP community in helping us get back on our feet.  Before we even had a chance to ask, WISPA began collecting and sending us equipment,” said Jeff Burnham, President of Sooner Wireless.  “The help we received will enable Sooner Wireless to restore service ‘sooner,’ in the spirit of our state’s founders.”


“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those in Moore, Oklahoma and the surrounding areas.  WISPA and WECAT support members in need and all necessary equipment has been donated, allowing Sooner Wireless to begin repairs and to restore broadband service,” said Victoria Proffer, WECAT President and a WISPA Board of Directors Member. “WISPA and WECAT are pleased that they can be there for companies and communities that suffer from catastrophes such as those that occurred last week.”


WECAT is accepting donations for WISPs that are in current need of assistance.  For more information and to donate equipment, services or financial assistance, click on the following link: www.wecat.org.


About WECAT

The mission of the WISPA Emergency Communication Action Team (WECAT) is to assist in the repair of emergency and existing wireless broadband infrastructure during times of need. WECAT works directly with Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) to ensure emergency communications are available to their surrounding communities and help in the rebuilding of their infrastructure.


About WISPA

WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has over 700 members that support WISPA’s advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit www.wispa.org.


About Sooner Wireless

Sooner Wireless, located in Norman, Oklahoma, provides wireless Internet service to inner-city, rural, residential, and commercial customers.  We have combined new and improved state-of-the-art technology and cutting edge functionality to bring our customers the most reliable and functional wireless high-speed Oklahoma Internet service. For more information, visit www.soonerwireless.com.


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Regulatory Inquiries:

Victoria Proffer

victoria@stlbroadband.com

Tel:1. 314.774.7735

Media Inquiries:


Suzanne Urash

CRE8 Group, Inc.

suzanne@cre8groupinc.com

Tel:1.813.649.8504