I issued the following statement after submitting a letter to the FCC on the voluntary set of six principles for unlocking of consumers’ mobile phones and tablets:
“We are pleased to announce AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless agreed to adopt a voluntary set of six principles for unlocking of consumers’ mobile phones and tablets. We will recommend that this set of principles be included in the CTIA Consumer Code for Wireless Service, in accordance with CTIA’s bylaws. Once they have been adopted, the companies will move quickly to implement these principles.
“We believe this agreement will continue to foster the world-leading range of devices and offerings that Americans enjoy today. The robust and differentiated technological ecosystem has brought unparalleled and world-leading benefits to American wireless users, in the form of high-end and affordable devices, post- and pre-paid options, and with the world’s most advanced devices being launched first in the United States.
“It is important that consumers know that unlocking devices may not necessarily mean full interoperability since devices that work on one provider’s network may not be technologically compatible with another wireless provider’s network. Additionally, unlocking a device may enable some functionality of the device but not all (e.g., an unlocked device may support voice services but not data services when activated on a different network).
“We look forward to working with the FCC and the participating wireless providers to educate consumers on the technical aspects of unlocking.”
I released the following statement in response to the FCC NPRM on In-Flight Wireless:
“While we recognize that there will be passionate discussion and debate by people about whether, when and how to use wireless devices on airplanes, the Commission correctly determined the first necessary step is to investigate whether or not it is technically feasible to operate devices without causing harmful interference to avionics or to wireless networks on the ground. CTIA looks forward to participating in that technological discussion in a robust way in order to help inform the Commission’s decision, including weighing in on the proper way to manage potential interference into wireless carrier networks. CTIA also will carefully evaluate the FCC’s proposals for spectrum licensing and for safeguarding the rights of existing licensees. We believe the Commission’s decision to initiate a proceeding on the technical aspects will create a great opportunity for all sides to carefully consider these issues.”
CTIA Statement on the House Energy & Commerce Committee Approval of the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act and the FCC Process Reform Act
Following the House Energy & Commerce Committee approval of the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act and the FCC Process Reform Act, I said:
“The wireless industry thanks Congressman Guthrie and Congresswoman Matsui for their leadership in winning bipartisan support for the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act. Their bill provides a creative way to repurpose federal spectrum that isn’t being utilized or used efficiently and in doing so will help the commercial mobile industry gain access to spectrum it needs to maintain America’s place as the world’s leader in wireless broadband service. This is an innovative bill and it deserves the support of the full House.”
“CTIA also congratulates Chairman Walden on passage of the FCC Process Reform Act. We share his view that a streamlined, more predictable regulatory process will enhance regulatory certainty and promote economic growth, innovation and job creation. With this in mind, we are appreciative that Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Eshoo were able to reach agreement on the bill and hope it will be approved by the full House at the earliest possible date.”
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