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John Walls

John Walls joined CTIA-The Wireless Association® in 2004, assuming the position of Vice President, Public Affairs. Walls' primary responsibilities are supervising external and internal communications, which include the association’s web site, www.ctia.org, as well as the efforts of its research and creative staff. He also serves as Treasurer of the Wireless Foundation.

Prior to his joining CTIA, Walls was a television news and sports anchor for nearly 25 years, most recently anchoring the evening newscasts for NBC-affiliate KJRH-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 2000 to 2004. Walls was a member of the original anchor team for Fox Sports Net and was based in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2000. He has also served as Sports Director for three television stations, including from 1984 to 1996 for KTUL-TV and KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He began his broadcasting career in 1978 at WWVU-TV, a PBS affiliate, in Morgantown, West Virginia before serving as host of the syndicated television program, “PM Magazine” in Texas. Walls has received numerous awards for his work in broadcasting, notably Regional News Emmys for his reporting on methamphetamine in Oklahoma and his on-location anchoring of the Timothy McVeigh execution.

Walls graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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 [...]

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.