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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.

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 [...]

Thanks to the app economy, 519,000 jobs were created

Today, CTIA and the Application Developers Alliance released a report that found the app economy created 519,000 jobs across the country. While the top 10 app economy job states may not be surprising, the economic impact must have been welcomed by all of these states. The figure next to each state is the economic impact, [...]

CTIA Statement on the FCC’s NPRM on an Incentive Auction of Broadcast Television Spectrum

After the FCC’s Open Meeting today, I released the following statement: “Today’s action by the Chairman and Commissioners was an important step toward alleviating the looming spectrum crisis that we’ve been warning policymakers about for the last three years. “Since spectrum is a finite resource, we’re pleased the Commission has begun the process of establishing [...]

CTIA Statement on the FCC’s NPRM on Incentive Auctions

Following the FCC’s NPRM on Incentive Auctions, I issued the following statement: “We are very pleased the Chairman and Commissioners are beginning the process to implement the incentive auction provisions that were in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. For more than three years, we have worked with the Chairman and Commissioners, [...]

CTIA Statement on AT&T’s “It Can Wait” Safe Driving Announcement

After AT&T announced its “It Can Wait” safe driving initiative today, I released the following statement: “Texting while driving is an extremely dangerous activity that puts drivers, passengers and pedestrians at unnecessary and avoidable risk. The wireless industry is proud to continue its collective efforts to promote safe driving, which CTIA initiated more than 15 [...]

CTIA Statement on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Markup of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011

Following the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s markup of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2011 (H.R. 1860), which would create a national framework to prevent state and local governments from imposing multiple and discriminatory taxation on downloaded digital goods and services (e.g. e-books, music, apps, etc.), I issued the following statement: “Today, [...]