I issued the following statement this afternoon:
“CTIA greatly appreciates the leadership of Congressmen Lamar Smith and Steve Cohen, who yesterday introduced the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act. The Smith-Cohen bill will provide sensible, ‘bright-line’ rules for how digital goods should be treated by state taxing authorities and protect consumers from multiple, discriminatory taxes when they download a book or a movie to a mobile device. Creating a national framework for digital trade will help electronic commerce flourish and facilitate economic growth. We look forward to working with Smith and Cohen to move this bill through the legislative process as quickly as possible next year.”
Much like credit cards never completely replaced cash, the mobile wallet won’t replace credit cards anytime soon. American Express Group President of Enterprise Growth Dan Schulman discusses the mobile wallet options and the key to adoption for consumers and merchants.
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 ...
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 ...
Today, CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent and the CEOs of seven of America’s largest wireless companies joined to write House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to urge prompt action to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act’s moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access
Isis CEO Michael Abbot talks about the biggest obstacle to taking on plastic cards and his biggest focus at the mobile commerce company: making the mobile wallet simple to use.
Following FCC Chariman Tom Wheeler's annoucement on the FCC's Broadcast Incentive Auction, I said:
“CTIA welcomes FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s announcement of the FCC’s Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction timeline. As CTIA has previously stressed, the incentive auction is essential to unleashing necessary additional spectrum for mobile broadband. I commend Chairman Wheeler ...