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CTIA Statement on the Renomination of FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

In response to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel being renominated, I issued the following statement: “CTIA and its member companies congratulate Commissioner Rosenworcel on her renomination to the FCC. She has been a tireless advocate to make more spectrum available to meet Americans’ mobile connected lives. We look forward to continuing to work with her to […]

The Last Laugh

In 1959 – decades before the commercialization of mobile phones – an economist at the University of Virginia proposed a novel theory as to how the FCC should issue licenses for use of the airwaves: auction them. Professor Ronald Coase’s proposal was not particularly well-received, including at the FCC where regulators enjoyed quite a bit […]

CTIA Seeks Stay of FCC’s Internet Regulations

Today, CTIA-The Wireless Association® sought a partial stay of the FCC’s Open Internet regulations. After filing the stay request, I said: “We are very confident the courts will ultimately reject the FCC’s abandonment of its highly successful bipartisan regulatory approach for mobile broadband. Today, with our stay petition, we are asking that the status quo be […]

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 […]

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