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CTIA Statement on the Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act

Today, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act. Following introduction of the legislation, I said: “CTIA welcomes Senator Schumer’s introduction of the Mobile Device Theft Deterrence Act. Stemming the problem of device theft requires a multi-faceted effort and this bill is a key part of what is necessary. Together with the [...]

CTIA Statement After the U.S. House Passed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)

After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), I said, “CTIA congratulates Chairman Rogers and Congressman Ruppersberger on passage of their legislation, and we thank those members of Congress who voted in favor of this bill. As we have said in the past, the enactment of a voluntary [...]

U.S. Offers a Variety of Unlocked Devices: Your Choice

There continues to be some interest in unlocked devices. While I have already explained what the Library of Congress’ October 2012 decision meant for consumers, it appears there is still confusion on this matter. As I said in a statement released this afternoon: “The Librarian of Congress concluded that an exemption was not necessary because [...]

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 [...]

CTIA Statement on the Introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act

In response to the introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act, I said: “As home to almost half of the world’s LTE subscribers, headquarters for the developers of the world’s dominant wireless operating systems and the locus of innovation in the applications market, the United States is at the epicenter of wireless innovation. But this progress [...]

CTIA Statement After the Senate Judiciary Markup of Senator Al Franken’s Location Privacy Protection Act (S. 1223)

The following statement should be attributed to CTIA-The Wireless Association®: “CTIA appreciates that Senator Franken has been willing to entertain our input as he refined his Location Privacy Protection Act. These are difficult issues and we look forward to continuing the dialogue with Senator Franken and his colleagues as they pick this issue up in [...]

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 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, [...]

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