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CTIA-The Wireless Association Statement on NAB’s Keynote by Gordon Smith

In response to NAB’s President and CEO Gordon Smith’s keynote at its conference today, I released the following statement:

“While I am not inclined to respond to NAB every time it repeats its opposition to incentive auctions, since this is NAB's conference, CTIA and the wireless industry thought we'd respond to this set of desperate and inaccurate stall tactics.

“As the FCC Chairman correctly noted, the data couldn't be clearer. The consumption of wireless devices and services are tremendous and will clearly continue to grow at exponential rates. Since there is a large amount of broadcast spectrum, as well as a variety of other sources, that is underused or unused, we need to make sure this finite resource is put to its most efficient use.

“These kinds of stall tactics are unnecessary and need to stop. We need to move now so we can continue the great innovations and economic benefits to Americans and America.”

2 Responses to “CTIA-The Wireless Association Statement on NAB’s Keynote by Gordon Smith” Leave a reply ›

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    I would not use the term exponential to characterize the growth of wireless data consumption. Exponential implies a growth rate that increases over time. The data in the Cisco Visual Networking Index, as a convenient example, show a decrease in growth rate over the next several years. It’s still going up, but not as fast. One might call it double-digit growth instead, realizing that the double digits are getting smaller each year.

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    How long do minorities have to wait for equal access to high speed wireless? Wireless devices have been the only doorway for many minorities and as this consumption continues the ability for them to access the internet and its services this way increases. This issue should be at the forefront of these discussions.

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