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Steve Largent

Steve Largent became President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association® in November, 2003.

Prior to joining CTIA, Mr. Largent was a Member of the United States Congress, representing Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1994 to 2001. Mr. Largent was the Vice-Chairman of the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee and also served on the Telecommunications Subcommittee, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee. His seven-year voting record reflects consistent support for lower taxes, less regulation, and strong free markets.

Mr. Largent has also managed his own advertising & marketing consulting firm, where he worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies around the country. In addition, he served as Mid-West Chapter Executive Director of the Wheelchair Foundation.

Mr. Largent was a record setting wide receiver with the Seattle Seahawks for 14 years, setting six career records and participating in seven Pro Bowls. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mr. Largent received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Tulsa.

CTIA Statement In Response to FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell’s Announcement

In response to today’s announcement by FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell, I said: “I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my friend Rob for his years of service at the FCC. Rob has been a forward thinker when it comes to communications policy and a strong voice that encouraged the evolution of the [...]

CTIA Statement After the Release of the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)

In response to the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers (R-MI-8) and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2) releasing the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), I said: “Recent attacks on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Federal Reserve highlight the pressing need to enhance America’s ability to address [...]

How to Actually Get Americans Online

This morning, my letter to the editor to The New York Times was published. With the word restrictions, I didn’t have an opportunity to show some of the ways that Ms. Crawford’s opinion piece missed the mark, so I thought I’d write this blog post. In her opinion on how to get broadband access to [...]

CTIA 2014: Super Mobility Week

After more than 24 months of research and strategizing, CTIA is creating Super Mobility Week, beginning in 2014, where we take the best of CTIA and MobileCON, to provide THE international mobile wireless trade show. This move to one show in 2014 will serve as the trade show for all companies within the wireless ecosystem, [...]

CTIA Statement on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Roger’s Comments on FCC Commissioners’ Testimony

After Chairman of the Intelligence Committee and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee Mike Rogers (R-MI-08) issued a statement on the FCC Commissioners’ testimony, I said: “We commend House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers for urging the Department of Defense, NTIA and the FCC to work together to free the unused and [...]

Attention Wireless Users: You’re Unfairly Taxed and Taxed More Than Ever

As reported this morning in Politico, Scott Mackey released his report on wireless taxes, fees and surcharges that shows wireless consumers pay the highest documented combined tax and fee burden EVER. This is a truly troublesome trend, which is why we are advocating for the U.S. Senate to pass the Wireless Tax Fairness Act (S. [...]

CTIA Statement on the Wireless Industry’s Efforts to Combat Phone Thefts

In April 2012, CTIA and the participating wireless companies, along with FCC and law enforcement officials, announced the four voluntary steps the wireless industry would take to help deter smartphone thefts and protect consumer data. Included in the four steps was a database designed to prevent GSM smartphones that were reported as stolen from being [...]

CTIA Statement on the Consumer Usage Alerts Deadline

One year ago today, CTIA and participating wireless providers unveiled a voluntary initiative to offer free alerts on subscribers’ voice, data, messaging and international service usage as part of the CTIA “Consumer Code for Wireless Service.” Participating providers agreed to offer two of four alerts by October 17, 2012 and the remaining alerts by April [...]