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Wireless Industry Delivers on Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment

Today, CTIA-The Wireless Association® announced the wireless industry’s fulfillment of the Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment that gives U.S. consumers – at no cost – new protections in the event their smartphones are lost or stolen. Included are capabilities to remotely lock and wipe missing devices while still enabling 9-1-1 calls even when the phone is […]

America is the Global Mobile Leader

Here’s how much mobile Americans used in 2014, according to CTIA annual survey. Some of the highlights include: 36 million more devices than people; 243.5 million smartphones and tablets accounting for 68% of all devices on mobile networks; and 4.1 trillion MB of data. To meet these demands, wireless carriers invested more than $32 billion […]

CTIA Statement on Wireless Innovation Act (S. 1618)

After the introduction of the Wireless Innovation Act (S. 1618), I said: “With this legislation, Senators Rubio, Wicker, Ayotte, Gardner and Johnson make clear their commitment to continued innovation and American leadership in mobile broadband. By creating a spectrum pipeline and encouraging more transparency and efficiency among federal spectrum users, this forward-looking legislation sets the […]

CTIA Statement on the FCC June Open Meeting

After the FCC June Open Meeting, I said: “CTIA appreciates the Commission’s leadership in continuing to modernize and strengthen the federal Lifeline program. Wireless is a critical tool that enables Lifeline to support the public safety, health care, educational, occupational and other important communications for millions of low-income consumers. CTIA stands ready to work with […]

CTIA Statement on the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act

After the Digital Goods bill moved through the Judiciary Committee, I said: “CTIA thanks Chairman Goodlatte for moving the Digital Goods bill through the Judiciary Committee and Representatives Smith and Cohen for their consistent leadership on the issue. The bill offers a much-needed national framework that only Congress can enact to provide the certainty, stability […]

Exploring Ways to Promote Broadband Adoption and Deployment

Expanded access to wireless broadband can benefit all Americans by sparking innovative new business opportunities, providing Internet connections to under-served areas, improving public safety and fostering the development of countless health and education applications. This statement is as true today as it was when President Obama made it nearly five years ago. Since that time, […]

CTIA Statement in Response to D.C. Circuit Decision Affirming FCC’s Incentive Auction Report and Order

After the D.C. Circuit decision affirming FCC’s Incentive Auction Report and Order, I said:  “Today’s decision by the D.C. Circuit is a decisive win for wireless consumers, as the court has affirmed the FCC’s Incentive Auction Order in whole. We are thankful that the court addressed these issues quickly and look forward to a successful and […]

CTIA Statement on the Mobile Device Theft Prevention Working Group Recommendations

After the Mobile Device Theft Prevention Working Group issued recommendations, I said: “CTIA and the wireless industry remain committed to educating consumers about how to protect their mobile devices and personal information in the event their device is lost or stolen. As part of our ongoing commitment, CTIA and many of our members were leaders on […]

CTIA Statement on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Decision on the Open Internet

After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decision on the Open Internet, I said: “Today’s decision by the court to expedite the case is good news, demonstrating the seriousness of the FCC’s complete and sudden reversal of decades of bipartisan policy. While the stay decision is disappointing and a loss for consumers, […]

CTIA Files Comments to the FCC on Benefits of LTE-U and LAA

After CTIA filed comments to the FCC on benefits of LTE-U and LAA, I said: “We are pleased to file comments [PDF] today that explain the benefits of LTE-U and LAA, exciting new technologies poised to help wireless providers meet explosive demand for mobile broadband and enhance the consumer experience. Wi-Fi will continue to play […]

CTIA Statement on the FCC’s Decision on Field Offices

After the FCC’s decision on field offices, I said: “CTIA appreciates the attention of the Commission and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to the importance of interference protection in delivering mobile broadband services. We are pleased the Commission committed to keeping the majority of the field offices open and working with stakeholders on a mechanism for […]

CTIA Statement after the House of Representatives Voted to Approve the Internet Tax Freedom Act

After the House of Representatives Voted to Approve the Internet Tax Freedom Act, I issued the following statement: “With today’s vote, Americans are one step closer to keeping their Internet access tax free. We hope the Senate will follow suit as soon as possible to avoid potentially negative consequences for consumers if ITFA lapses.”  ###

CTIA Statement on Letter from Ayotte, Shaheen and Collins to FCC on Field Office Closings

After Senators Ayotte, Shaheen and Collins wrote of the possible FCC field office closings, I issued the following statement: “CTIA greatly appreciates and shares the concern expressed by Senators Ayotte, Shaheen and Collins. Field staff play a critical role in the timely resolution of interference issues, something that is of vital importance to our carriers […]

CTIA Statement on the Matsui-Booker Lifeline Legislation

After Congresswoman Matsui and Senator Booker released their Lifeline legislation, I issued the following statement: “We appreciate Congresswoman Matsui and Senator Booker for releasing their Lifeline modernization legislation. As we will say in our testimony [PDF] tomorrow at the Senate Subcommittee on Communications’ hearing, we support efforts to expand mobile broadband use while carefully and […]

CTIA Statement on the FCC’s Lifeline Proposal

After the FCC released its Lifeline proposal, I issued the following statement: “The Lifeline program provides millions of low-income Americans the ability to be connected to work, health care and 9-1-1. We look forward to working with the FCC as it evolves this critical program in a manner that is fiscally responsible as well as […]

CTIA Statement on the FCC Consumer Protection Proposals

In response to the FCC releasing its consumer protection proposals, I issued the following statement: “Collectively through CTIA as well as individually, wireless companies have sought to empower customers, through education and the development of tools to block fraudulent and unwanted communications. There are a variety of apps and features available to consumers today, many […]

CTIA Statement on the Renomination of FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

In response to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel being renominated, I issued the following statement: “CTIA and its member companies congratulate Commissioner Rosenworcel on her renomination to the FCC. She has been a tireless advocate to make more spectrum available to meet Americans’ mobile connected lives. We look forward to continuing to work with her to […]

Looking Backward To a Permission-Free Innovation Zone

For years, the mobile wireless ecosystem has been characterized by new, creative offers that benefit consumers in the form of tangible and intangible economic and social welfare benefits. Unfortunately, since the adoption of the FCC’s Open Internet Order, we are already starting to see permission-less innovation occurring in industry sectors that the Open Internet Order […]

VITA 2015 Reception Recap

Last night at the VITA 2015 Reception, the wireless industry celebrated connectivity and the power of mobility as a force for good. It was also an occasion to support the important work of The Wireless Foundation as well as recognize Senator John Thune with the first-ever Mobile Life Award for his commitment to fostering wireless […]

The Last Laugh

In 1959 – decades before the commercialization of mobile phones – an economist at the University of Virginia proposed a novel theory as to how the FCC should issue licenses for use of the airwaves: auction them. Professor Ronald Coase’s proposal was not particularly well-received, including at the FCC where regulators enjoyed quite a bit […]

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