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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 […]

CTIA Files Stay of FCC’s Internet Regulations at the U.S. Court of Appeals

Today, CTIA and other members of the broadband industry filed a request for a partial stay of the FCC’s Open Internet regulations  at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. After filing the partial stay request, I said: “CTIA is seeking a stay to preserve the light-touch regulatory regime that, until […]

CTIA Seeks Stay of FCC’s Internet Regulations

Today, CTIA-The Wireless Association® sought a partial stay of the FCC’s Open Internet regulations. After filing the stay request, I said: “We are very confident the courts will ultimately reject the FCC’s abandonment of its highly successful bipartisan regulatory approach for mobile broadband. Today, with our stay petition, we are asking that the status quo be […]

CTIA Statement After the U.S. House of Representatives Approved the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act

After the U.S. House voted 355-63 to approve H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act, I said: “CTIA congratulates Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Thompson, Cybersecurity Subcommittee Chairman Ratcliffe and Cybersecurity Subcommittee Ranking Member Richmond on today’s approval of the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act. The overwhelming vote in support of H.R. 1731 is the […]

CTIA Statement After the U.S. House of Representatives Approved the Protecting Cyber Networks Act

After the U.S. House voted 307-116 to approve H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, I said: “CTIA congratulates Chairman Nunes and Ranking Member Schiff on passage of the Protecting Cyber Networks Act. Today’s strong, bipartisan vote is a testament to their hard work. The bill approved today offers a constructive framework for bi-directional information […]

CTIA Statement on the FCC April Open Meeting

After the FCC April Open Meeting, I said: “We appreciate the hard work of the FCC, NTIA and incumbent federal users to develop a novel approach that makes additional spectrum available for commercial use while protecting important federal missions in the 3.5 GHz band. The FCC concedes it is taking an experimental approach with the 3.5 GHz […]

The FCC’s 3.5 GHz Order

Earlier today, the FCC voted to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband using an experimental sharing framework in the 3.5 GHz band. Reform of the 3.5 GHz band has been a challenging process, and I commend the FCC, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, incumbent federal users and industry for their hard work in […]

CTIA Statement in Response to the House Homeland Security Committee Approval of the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731)

After the House Homeland Security Committee’s approval of the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731), I said: “CTIA appreciates the Committee’s deliberative process and willingness to consider input from industry. That process undoubtedly strengthened the bill the Committee reported today. We look forward to continuing to work with Chairman McCaul and his colleagues, and […]

CTIA Filed Lawsuit to Challenge FCC Open Internet Order

CTIA filed a lawsuit with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today challenging the FCC’s decision to impose sweeping new net neutrality rules and reclassifying mobile broadband as a common carrier utility. CTIA Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bluegrass Cellular Ron Smith said: “With today’s filing, CTIA seeks to protect the competitive mobile […]

PulsePoint: Crowdsourcing CPR to Help Cardiac Arrest Victims: April WOW Wireless at Work

Using PulsePoint, CPR-trained individuals are alerted to nearby cardiac arrest victims to provide assistance until first responders arrive on the scene. PulsePoint President Richard Price explains how the location-based app works in hundreds of communities across the country. By providing CPR immediately, cardiac arrest victims are two to three times more likely to survive.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Improves E9-1-1 Location Accuracy

Wireless carriers and public safety developed a plan to improve the location information for 9-1-1 calls made from mobile phones. Using existing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology, the first responders’ gold standard, referred to as “dispatchable address,” will provide the floor, apartment or suite number in case the caller is not able to give that level […]

Thank you, 9-1-1!

April is National 9-1-1 Education Month, and CTIA and the wireless industry are proud to be longstanding partners of the public safety community. We are investing in the necessary technology so public safety may continue to receive the most accurate information using the latest mobile products and services: Text-to-9-1-1. The national carriers voluntarily committed and […]

Wireless Emergency Alerts Explained: April WOW Insider Interview

Launching in April 2012, Wireless Emergency Alerts have already saved numerous lives. CTIA Assistant Vice President Brian Josef explains how these text-like alerts are free, but to make sure to check with your wireless carrier to see if your device is WEA-capable and service is available in your area.

Setting the Record Straight: Auctions and Net Neutrality

Last week, we showed the fallacy of the FCC’s argument that the mobile voice “case study” proves that Title II regulation won’t harm wireless investment. Unfortunately, that was not the only errant investment-related claim in the Open Internet Order. In an all-too-perfect illustration that “correlation does not imply causation,” the Commission argued that the bidding […]

Step-by-Step Directions to Stop Unwanted Calls and Texts to Your Mobile Phone

CTIA and the wireless industry want to make sure that if you don’t want a call or text from certain individuals, you know that there are numerous tools and applications available to block these unwanted calls and messages. By using these kinds of apps and features, you make the decision of who you want to […]

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