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CTIA Statement After the FCC Vote on the Open Internet Proceeding

Following the FCC vote on the Open Internet proceeding, I said: 

“The FCC’s Net Neutrality decision was disappointing and unnecessary: consumers across the U.S. have – and will always have – access to an open mobile Internet. By ignoring the fundamental differences in wireless networks and disregarding the intense competition throughout the mobile ecosystem, the FCC abandoned a long-standing policy framework responsible for fostering America’s world-leading wireless industry. The FCC's claim that the mobile voice experience supports the FCC's efforts distorts history and the law, turning a deregulatory statute in 1993 on its head. Title II needlessly puts at risk our nation’s 5G future and the promise of a more connected life. 

“The agency’s action runs counter to an express Congressional directive prohibiting the agency from treating mobile broadband like a utility service, making today’s decision not only unwise, but unlawful. The economic and legal uncertainty that will inevitably follow from the FCC’s unilateral action underscores the importance of, and urgent need for, bipartisan Congressional action that can end the net neutrality debate and allow our country’s mobile ecosystem to focus on what it does best – innovating, investing and empowering Americans’ mobile connected lives."

CTIA Statement on the Reintroduction of the Internet Tax Freedom Act in the Senate

Following the reintroduction of the Internet Tax Freedom Act in the Senate, I said:

“Since the Internet Tax Freedom Act was first enacted almost 17 years ago, ITFA protected American consumers from having their broadband access subject to the myriad of discriminatory taxes and fees that apply to traditional telecommunications services, often at rates twice that of general sales taxes. Now is the time to permanently extend this successful bi-partisan policy and we thank Senators Thune and Wyden for their leadership.”

CTIA Response to the Introduction of the FCC Process Reform Act

Following the introduction of the FCC Process Reform Act in the Senate, I said:

“CTIA welcomes introduction of Senator Heller’s bill. The FCC Process Reform Act and the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act are each much-needed improvements to the FCC’s processes and on their own or as part of a package would represent useful steps toward modernizing an agency that hasn’t been reauthorized in a quarter of a century.”

CTIA Statement on the Reintroduction of the Wi-Fi Innovation Act in the Senate

Following the reintroduction of the Wi-Fi Innovation Act in the Senate, I said:

“CTIA appreciates Senator Rubio’s and Senator Booker’s leadership in pushing to make additional spectrum available for unlicensed use. Freeing additional spectrum in the 5 gigahertz band will help meet Americans’ increasing demand for mobile Internet access and support ...

Mobile Usage Continues to Increase + Projections Say Skyrocketing Demand = More Spectrum Required

Earlier this week, Cisco published its Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Forecast Update 2014-2019 and its VNI Mobile Forecast Highlights 2014-2019. This latest data once again confirms two trends with important implications for spectrum policy: more people using more devices and more data-heavy applications are ...

Mobile Voice: A Case Study in Regulation

American consumers have embraced mobile broadband, with 55% of all Internet traffic flowing over wireless networks, and for good reason: mobile wireless providers invest, compete, innovate, and deliver an open Internet experience. The explosion of robust mobile broadband networks and dizzying array of mobile apps and content has ...

CTIA Statement After the FCC Approved its Location Accuracy for Emergency Calls Order

Following the FCC's approval of its Location Accuracy for Emergency Calls order, I said:

“On behalf of CTIA and its member companies, we applaud and thank the Commission for recognizing the APCO-NENA-Carrier Roadmap that presents a historic opportunity to deliver on the promise of 9-1-1 indoor location. We look forward to ...

CTIA Statement on the FCC’s 2015 Broadband Progress Report

Following the release of the FCC's 2015 Broadband Progress report, I said:

“The facts demonstrate that the U.S. wireless industry continues to lead the world in mobile broadband deployment. CTIA believes that advanced communications capability is being deployed in a reasonable and timely fashion and that mobile broadband is an important ...

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