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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.

Greetings from China

CTIA boasts an international membership and this week I’m having the terrific opportunity of visiting with some of our prominent members in their respective company headquarters in Asia. Executive Vice President Bobby Franklin and I began a three city tour yesterday through China and Korea that will include meetings with executives with Huawei Technologies, Samsung, [...]

CTIA Statement on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Member Letter to the President on Federal Spectrum Below 3 Gigahertz

After Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction members House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Upton, Senate Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Kerry, Senator Toomey and Representative Becerra sent a letter to the President to urge the Administration to make federal spectrum below 3 gigahertz available for commercial wireless use, I issued the following statement: “We are [...]

CTIA Statement on FCC Chairman Genachowski’s Speech on USF and Intercarrier Compensation System

After FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski delivered a speech today announcing proposed reforms of the Universal Service Fund and the Intercarrier Compensation System, I released the following statement: “CTIA strongly agrees that comprehensive reform of the federal Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation System is necessary in order to ensure these government programs meet the changing [...]

CTIA Statement on House Republican Cybersecurity Task Force Recommendations

After the House Republican Cybersecurity Task Force released its recommendations this afternoon, I issued the following statement: “While we will need to study the full set of recommendations more closely, we are pleased that the Task Force’s recommendations recognize that it will take a true public-private collaboration to advance America’s cybersecurity interests. We are heartened [...]

Top 10 Questions on Spectrum

Since the end of August to today, I have spoken with more than 30 reporters on spectrum issues. Regardless of the latest report released or Congressional activity, I’ve noticed there are 10 questions routinely asked. I’m always happy to answer them, but thought I’d share the questions and our responses below. Why does spectrum need [...]

Building Bridges with KTOA

There’s no question that the world is at your fingertips with wireless communication, as it allows us to connect with friends, family and business associates all over the world, virtually anytime and anywhere. The global nature of wireless makes it more important than ever that CTIA-The Wireless Association remains actively engaged with the international wireless [...]

IRS Says Your Wireless Device is No Longer Considered a Taxable “Perk”

Over the last several years, CTIA led an effort to educate the U.S. Congress about an arcane and outdated rule that said if an employee used their employer-provided wireless device for personal use, you had to report this use to the IRS as a taxable benefit. Last year, as an addition to the Small Business [...]

Want better wireless service in America? Let us purchase more spectrum.

At best, Joshua Topolsky’s piece this afternoon was disingenuous. To suggest anything but the fact that our industry is the most innovative and competitive in the world is choosing to only see a fraction of reality. Instead of being flippant, look at the facts. In the U.S., there are almost 303 million wireless subscribers who [...]