Patrick Halley: WIA Advocates for Policy That Enables Wireless to Flourish
By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief
In an exclusive two-part series by Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief, WIA President and CEO Patrick Halley gives his first published interview.
New WIA President/CEO Patrick Halley is still immersing himself in the business of talking to as many people as he can—such as industry experts, towercos, service companies, carriers — to see “what is driving their business decisions” for today and tomorrow, he told Inside Towers in an exclusive interview on Monday. The executive who comes from USTelecom and the FCC, is doing a lot of listening, too.
Halley says WIA’s goal “is to be the voice of the wireless industry.” Part of that involves advocating for policies to enable the industry to flourish. “At the end of the day, I think our focus needs to be on ‘how do we empower the ‘I’ in WIA,’” he says. That includes physical infrastructure, antennas, in-building connectivity, and “everything that enables wireless systems to work wherever you may be,” he explains.
BEAD Grants Wireless companies are laser-focused on eventually getting federal dollars for broadband buildouts. Halley says WIA is spending a lot of time with states, educating them about how the grant process will unfold for Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment, from NTIA, as well as grants from the Treasury Department and the American Rescue Plan Act. NTIA is going to distribute the bulk, $42.5 billion, of available broadband grants, Inside Towers reported. Continue Reading