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CTIA Statement After the FCC September Open Meeting

I released the following statement today:

“CTIA is encouraged by the FCC’s adoption of three additional incentive auction-related items at today’s open meeting. Countless studies and bipartisan policymakers recognize the need for additional spectrum to meet growing consumer demand and the integration of mobile broadband into important sectors of our economy, including education, health and transportation. A successful 600 MHz Incentive Auction is critical to meeting that need, and these proceedings will have an important role in ensuring we maximize the amount and usability of the spectrum repurposed for mobile broadband services. We commend the Commission’s efforts toward a successful auction by mid-2015 and look forward to working with the Commission and other stakeholders on these proceedings.”

Thinking Mobile: 2010 v 2013: Wireless is Different [INFOGRAPHIC]

This morning, CTIA released its latest infographic that takes a look at what the mobile ecosystem looked like in 2010 and compared it to 2013. It was only three years, but thanks to the FCC's decision for a light regulatory touch throughout the mobile ecosystem, Americans enjoy the world's best wireless industry.


Mobile: It All Comes Back to Spectrum

As CTIA stated in its commentsPDF and reply commentsPDF in the FCC's Open Internet proceeding, carriers are focused on how wireless networks are managed in order to deliver a robust service to consumers.  A key element of that equation is the amount of spectrum in an area available to the carrier.

Those capacity constraints are also why we are so excited for the upcoming AWS-3 auction because there has not been a major spectrum auction since 2008. In that time, Americans’ demand for wireless devices and services has grown – and continues to grow – exponentially. In fact, mobile data usage grew by more than 700 percent since 2010.

All of this puts more and more pressure on operators to manage their limited spectrum holdings in the most efficient manner to serve more subscribers, more devices, and more uses.  This requires aggressive and evolving network management and utilization of more new LTE functionalities.

In a paper released today, Recon Analytic’s Founder and Analyst Roger EntnerPDF takes a fresh look at how the U.S. compares internationally on 4G networks and speeds, which has important lessons for our ongoing Open Internet, mobile competition and spectrum auction discussions.

The "Spectrum Fuels Speed and Prosperity"PDF paper shows that the U.S. has the highest customer satisfaction of any country, the most 4G LTE subscribers, the most capital invested in mobile broadband networks and the least amount of dedicated 4G LTE spectrum. It is that last point that is a critical reminder of the challenges faced by U.S. operators to serve consumers and compete globally.

Since other countries are allocating and clearing significant bands for their respective wireless industries, and providing significantly more spectrum per subscriber dedicated to LTE, America’s leadership in mobile is being threatened. Ultimately, the most important thing the FCC can do to ensure a strong and vibrant mobile ecosystem is to deliver hundreds more MHz of spectrum to mobile broadband users.

These findings also have important Open Internet ramifications. Given the comparative spectrum shortage faced by U.S. operators, wireless providers must be able to manage their networks so that all users have a solid user experience. CTIA hopes that the Commission will give full consideration to the analyses found in the Recon Analytics paper when reaching a final determination on how to move forward with its Open Internet proceeding.

CTIA strongly believes that the current mobile-specific, light-touch regulatory model promulgated by the Commission has allowed the U.S. wireless ecosystem to provide the highest penetration of 4G LTE services, best customer satisfaction and greatest adoption of smartphones of any country in the G7. The Commission should not take any action that would endanger this enviable position but should instead focus on the identification and allocation of additional mobile broadband spectrum to further enable the mobile broadband industry to deliver the innovation and investment expected by U.S. consumers.


SMW 14: Mobile Data Growth Fuels Spectrum Demand

With mobile data usage doubling in 2013 and showing no sign of slowing down, CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker says consumers’ demands are fueling the need for spectrum in her SMW keynote remarks.

CTIA’s MAB: U.S. Wireless Industry Leads the World

From smartphone adoption to LTE services, CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker says the U.S. wireless industry leads the world in mobile services and investment during her keynote remarks at SMW 14.

Incentive Auction Task Force Chair: We Need More Spectrum

At CTIA Super Mobility Week, Gary Epstein, Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force, discusses the need for the FCC and Congress to find more creative ways to find more spectrum for the wireless industry.

Visit the SMW highlights website for more videos, pictures ...

2014 CTIA Startup Lab Winners

The CTIA Startup Lab announced the winners of its inaugural class at Super Mobility Week. Designed to help seed and growth stage startups secure accelerated connections and investments in the mobile industry, the 2014 CTIA MobileTalks Startup Showcase (first, second and third place) are:

Overall Winners

Karisma Kidz ...

NARUC Telecom Committee Chair on State Regulation

At Super Mobility Week, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Vice-Chairman Chris Nelson shares his insight on the appropriate balance of state regulation on the wireless industry, top priority issues, and his work as the chairman of the Telecommunications Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

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