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Are You and Your Wireless Devices Prepared for Emergencies?

Emergencies are unpredictable, but here are some simple tips to follow so you – and your wireless devices – are prepared. Before: Save emergency numbers (doctors, vets, family, friends, etc.) on ALL wireless devices. By doing so, you’ll know you have the contact information needed, even if your device is lost or runs out of [...]

States and Localities Must be Good Stewards of Wireless Consumers’ Support for 911

As April is “911 Education Month,” it’s a good time to think about how the wireless industry and its consumers support our nation’s 911 communication system. Americans use wireless to contact 911 services more than 400,000 times per day to save lives, stop crimes and help others in emergencies. But the numbers don’t tell the [...]

What You Should Know about Text-to-911

April is “National 911 Education Month,” so it’s a good time to say thanks to first responders – and their families – who are tirelessly and selflessly dedicating themselves to saving protecting people and saving lives. It’s also important that we understand how to use 911 in an emergency, especially as wireless embarks upon a [...]

Support the Internet Tax Freedom Act to Keep Internet Affordable

As part of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) Coalition, 29 bipartisan groups sent a letter to members of Congress asking them to support the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086) and the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act (S. 1431). Those proposals are aimed at making permanent a moratorium on Internet access taxes, which [...]

The Evolution of the AMBER Alerts via WEA

Since its inception, the AMBER Alert program helped recover nearly 700 abducted children. Thanks to WEA AMBER Alerts, these notices about abducted children who are in danger are being sent to even more people. Statistics show that the first three hours after an abduction are the most critical in recovery efforts, and being able to [...]

Johns Hopkins: Disaster Planning Apps: April WOW Wireless Lifechanger

In the face of disasters or epidemics, the best laid plans may be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the damage or the number of injuries. To help better plan for these disasters, researchers at the Johns Hopkins National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER) developed apps that help hospitals and [...]

Location-Accuracy: Finding Those in Need: April WOW Insider Interview

Americans make more than 400,000 wireless 911 calls every day, but wireless devices offer so much more to first responders than a phone call. CTIA Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Brian Josef discusses how wireless assists 911 operators, the current state of location services and the future of E911.

Text-to-911: What is Your Emergency?: April WOW Policy Point

Over the past decade, texting has become an integral part of how we communicate with friends and family, but it also plays a vital role in emergencies, especially for those with disabilities. Learn about the development and adoption of text-to-911 service, and what it means for consumers.

AT&T: Network Disaster Recovery Drill: April WOW Wireless at Work

When disaster strikes, people need their wireless devices more than ever, which is why wireless carriers invest millions of dollars in strengthening their networks, upgrading their capabilities and making sure their response teams and back-ups are ready to go. Watch AT&T put its Network Disaster Recovery team to the test in one of their emergency [...]

CTIA Statement on the FCC’s March Open Meeting

After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) March Open Meeting, I said:  “CTIA applauds the Commission for taking action today on two key spectrum items that will expand the availability of spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use, and bring significant benefits to consumers. “The AWS-3 Report and Order will set the stage for the auction of [...]

CTIA Statement on the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness Approval of IPAWS Modernization Act

In response to the U.S. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness approving the IPAWS Modernization Act (H.R. 3283), I said:  “We appreciate the Subcommittee’s effort to modernize IPAWS while respecting and protecting the work that wireless carriers have put in to deliver Wireless Emergency Alerts. “Since WEA debuted two years ago, the system has [...]

Divide: Protecting Employee’s Privacy and Company Data

When an employee uses a smartphone or tablet for both business and personal use, it’s hard to separate the personal data from the sensitive corporate data that IT professionals must secure. A MobileCON 2013 MobITs Award finalist, Divide’s Director of Business Development Andy Zmolek demonstrates the company’s BYOD solution that separates and protects the user’s [...]

Transparency in Mobile Apps: March WOW Insider Interview

What type of data do apps collect, and how are they using them? CTIA Vice President of Privacy Debbie Matties discusses app transparency, particularly what developers should do so users understand privacy policies and how to protect their information.

Securing Data on All Platforms: March WOW Policy Point

As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do the methods cyberthieves use to breach consumer data. From securing wireless networks to investing millions of dollars in cybersecurity measures, learn about the wireless industry’s efforts to secure user data and what the industry needs from policymakers to address and protect consumers from new threats.

What’s in a Privacy Policy?: March WOW Wireless at Work

Many apps use data such as your location to enrich your mobile experience, but many consumers are unaware of the information their favorite apps collect and how it’s used. Jonathan Zuck of the Association of Competitive Technology discusses the importance of privacy policies and the need to create readable versions.

Virtual Danger, Real Lesson: Texting and Driving Simulator

A major hurdle to combating distracted driving is the idea among some drivers, especially teens, that texting and driving is okay. To help illustrate just how dangerous this practice is, the It Can Wait campaign developed the Texting and Driving Simulator. The simulator provides users the ability to try to text while driving, but safely [...]

CTIA Statement in Response to the Department of Defense’s Spectrum Strategy

In response to the Department of Defense’s spectrum strategy, I said: “We agree with the DoD’s conclusion that its systems must become more spectrally efficient, flexible and adaptable. In fact, these are good goals for all federal users, and CTIA looks forward to engaging with the DoD, NTIA and the whole federal user community to [...]

CTIA on the FCC’s Adoption of a Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on E-911 Location Accuracy

Following the FCC’s adoption of a third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on e-911 location accuracy, I said: “CTIA and our member companies share the FCC’s goal of continuing to enhance wireless 9-1-1 service, and that is why they continue to devote significant resources to identify and evaluate technologies that enhance 9-1-1 location accuracy indoors. “While [...]

CTIA Statement on the FCC’s Net Neutrality Announcement

Following the FCC’s announcement on net neutrality, I said: “As we have said many times, CTIA’s members share a longstanding commitment to an open Internet and a vibrant wireless ecosystem because that’s what wireless customers demand, not because of regulation. The United States wireless industry leads the world in mobile broadband specifically because investment and [...]

Channel Sharing Pilot: New Compression Technologies Offers Promising Results

On Tuesday, just two weeks after announcing a channel sharing pilot with Los Angeles broadcast television stations KLCS and KJLA, and just one week after the FCC approved the pilot project, I had the honor of joining the stations in hosting FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for a peak of the pilot in action. CTIA believes that channel sharing [...]

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