In response to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee mark-up of the FCC Process Reform Act (H.R. 3309) and the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (H.R. 3310), I issued this statement:
“On behalf of the wireless industry, we commend Chairman Upton and Subcommittee Chairman Walden for today’s successful mark-up of these two important bills.
“We also want to thank Congressman Pompeo for his amendment to the FCC Process Reform Act, which was approved today. The Pompeo amendment directs the FCC to disaggregate complaints alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act from other wireless complaints, as we have asked the Commission to do. Lumping TCPA violations, which have nothing at all to do with wireless carriers, in with other complaints only serves to artificially and unfairly inflate the number of complaints and mask the fact that wireless complaints are declining relative to subscribership. In the FCC’s recent report on the fourth quarter of 2011, the wireless complaint rate was equal to just two-thousandths of one percent. This fix is long overdue.
“Finally, we want to congratulate Congressman Scalise on passage of the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act. Moving away from siloed reports and toward a comprehensive report will result in a more complete assessment of the communications marketplace, including the impact of edge services and applications that influence competition and investment by network providers. Additionally, enactment of H.R. 3310 will reduce the regulatory burden imposed on the industry, a goal CTIA fully supports.”