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Michael Altschul

As CTIA’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Mike Altschul is responsible for the Association’s legal advocacy, CTIA’s compliance with antitrust and other applicable laws, and he is an active participant in the development of the Association’s public policy positions.

Altschul joined CTIA in 1990 after serving with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. Prior to that, he began his legal career as an attorney specializing in antitrust litigation with Simpson Thacher Bartlett in New York City. During his ten year stint at the Justice Department, Altschul worked exclusively on communications matters, including the Modification of Final Judgment and the GTE decree, as well as related FCC filings and telecommunications industry mergers and acquisitions.

Altschul received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Colgate University, and a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law.

Library of Congress and Cellphone Unlocking

The Library of Congress’ Copyright Office will receive petitions today to begin the sixth triennial “anti-circumvention” rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 1201. Accordingly, this is a good opportunity to remind consumers about their unlocking options and the wireless industry’s support for consumer-friendly unlocking policies. DMCA PROCESS. Section 1201(a)(1) of the […]

CTIA Commends FTC For Its Case to Stop Unauthorized Charges on Consumers Bills

In response to the Federal Trade Commission filing its first case against unauthorized charges on consumers’ mobile monthly bills, I said, “CTIA commends the FTC for its action today to add enforcement and deterrence to the wireless industry’s already extensive efforts to combat cramming. It’s our members’ priority to ensure their customers have a positive […]

U.S. Offers a Variety of Unlocked Devices: Your Choice

There continues to be some interest in unlocked devices. While I have already explained what the Library of Congress’ October 2012 decision meant for consumers, it appears there is still confusion on this matter. As I said in a statement released this afternoon: “The Librarian of Congress concluded that an exemption was not necessary because […]

What’s really happening with unlocked devices

Perhaps you’ve seen the stories reporting on the Library of Congress’ October 2012 decision to provide copyright protection to the computer programs used to “lock” subsidized wireless phones to a carrier’s network. The law that governs this decision is Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which Congress passed in 1998. Section 1201 […]