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CTIA Statement on the FCC April Open Meeting

After the FCC April Open Meeting, I said: “We appreciate the hard work of the FCC, NTIA and incumbent federal users to develop a novel approach that makes additional spectrum available for commercial use while protecting important federal missions in the 3.5 GHz band. The FCC concedes it is taking an experimental approach with the 3.5 GHz […]

The FCC’s 3.5 GHz Order

Earlier today, the FCC voted to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband using an experimental sharing framework in the 3.5 GHz band. Reform of the 3.5 GHz band has been a challenging process, and I commend the FCC, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, incumbent federal users and industry for their hard work in […]

CTIA Filed Lawsuit to Challenge FCC Open Internet Order

CTIA filed a lawsuit with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today challenging the FCC’s decision to impose sweeping new net neutrality rules and reclassifying mobile broadband as a common carrier utility. CTIA Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bluegrass Cellular Ron Smith said: “With today’s filing, CTIA seeks to protect the competitive mobile […]

Setting the Record Straight: Auctions and Net Neutrality

Last week, we showed the fallacy of the FCC’s argument that the mobile voice “case study” proves that Title II regulation won’t harm wireless investment. Unfortunately, that was not the only errant investment-related claim in the Open Internet Order. In an all-too-perfect illustration that “correlation does not imply causation,” the Commission argued that the bidding […]

CTIA Files Motion to Intervene on Behalf of the FCC Order that Requires Municipalities to Expedite Tower Modification Applications

Today, CTIA-The Wireless Association® filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the FCC Order that requires municipalities to expedite their review of tower modification applications. Unanimously approved by the FCC Commissioners on October 2014, the Order created a framework for local governments to quickly process wireless carriers’ applications to modify or add towers and […]

Open Internet Order: A Harmful Decision Curing No Harms

In our posts earlier this week on wireless competition, switching costs and consumer-friendly mobile services, we explained how the Open Internet Order places the FCC far from its historic role as a data-driven expert agency engaged in fact-based decision making. Today, we show how that same pattern holds true in its discussion of harms – […]

Open Internet Order: The FCC’s Blind Eye to Competition

As every part of the Internet ecosystem slogs through the 400 pages of the FCC’s Open Internet Order and comes to understand the sweeping move to impose greater government control over the Internet’s future, we wanted to highlight key infirmities and errors in the Order as it relates to mobile broadband. Facts matter, particularly on […]

CTIA Statement After the FCC Vote on the Open Internet Proceeding

Following the FCC vote on the Open Internet proceeding, I said:  “The FCC’s Net Neutrality decision was disappointing and unnecessary: consumers across the U.S. have – and will always have – access to an open mobile Internet. By ignoring the fundamental differences in wireless networks and disregarding the intense competition throughout the mobile ecosystem, the FCC […]

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