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Jot Carpenter

Jot Carpenter joined CTIA in August 2006, and is responsible for strategic direction and day-to-day management of the wireless industry's outreach efforts to members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and appropriate government agencies.

Before joining CTIA, Carpenter spent a decade as a member of AT&T's Federal Affairs team. Prior to that, he was the lead Government Affairs professional for the Telecommunications Industry Association, and served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Michael Oxley (R-OH).

Carpenter earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Miami University. Carpenter was also awarded master's degrees in history from Bowling Green State University and in telecommunications from George Washington University.

London Calling to the Faraway Towns: Sometimes

The great Clash song, released in 1979, was ahead of its time in more ways than one: a recent survey found that one in seven voice calls from London commuters failed. Even when calls did go through, users were likely to experience a bad connection and poor sound. The news gets worse: one in three [...]

Americans Continue to Be Taxed More for Wireless than Other Taxable Goods and Services

Earlier this week, respected tax analyst Scott Mackey from the Tax Foundation released his annual report that illustrates, yet again, the unfair burden that America’s wireless users pay on their monthly bills. According to Mackey’s report: On average, Americans pay 17.05 percent in federal, state and local taxes and fees on their wireless service, an [...]

CTIA Statement After President Obama Signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into Law

In response to U.S. President Barack Obama signing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (S. 517) into law, I said: “Again, CTIA thanks Senator Leahy and Congressman Goodlatte for their work in crafting a piece of legislation that promotes consumer flexibility without imposing new regulations on America’s wireless carriers. They are to be [...]

CTIA Statement After the U.S. House of Representatives Passed the Cellphone Unlocking Bill

After the U.S. House of Representatives passed on a voice vote the cellphone unlocking bill, I said: “Today’s action by the House moves us closer to alleviating any confusion stemming from the Copyright Office’s 2012 decision and we await the President’s signature on the bill to compete this process. At the same time, it is important [...]

CTIA Statement After the U.S. House of Representatives Passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

After the U.S. House of Representatives passed on a voice vote the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086), I said: “We appreciate Chairman Goodlatte’s leadership in the effort to pass PITFA, which will help keep the Internet affordable and Americans connected. We hope the Senate moves expeditiously to follow suit and alleviate provider and [...]

CTIA Statement in Response to the U.S. House of Representatives Passing a Bill to Amend the IRS Code of 1986 to Modify and Make Permanent Bonus Depreciation

In response to the U.S. House of Representatives passing a bill to amend the IRS Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation (H.R. 4718), I said: “CTIA thanks Congressman Tiberi and Chairman Camp for their work to make accelerated depreciation permanent. This is the sort of forward-looking tax policy that promotes the [...]

CTIA Statement After the Introduction of the E-LABEL Act

After the introduction of the E-LABEL Act by Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), I said: “CTIA thanks Chairman Rockefeller and Senator Fischer for their bipartisan leadership on the E-LABEL Act. The communications industry has changed dramatically in the 40 years since the Commission adopted its initial rules on device labeling. It’s [...]

CTIA Statement After the US Senate Judiciary Committee Mark-Up of the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

In response to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee mark-up of the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (S. 517), I said: “We appreciate the Judiciary Committee’s effort to strike an appropriate balance by authorizing unlocking without imposing obligations on carriers. We view the bill approved today as consistent with Chairman Leahy’s original proposal, which [...]