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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, [...]

CTIA on the “Future of Video”

This morning, the House Subcommittee on Communications & Technology held a hearing on “The Future of Video.” Among the witnesses participating in today’s hearing was David Barrett of Hearst Television, who appeared on behalf of the National Association of Broadcasters. Barrett predictably opened his testimony by addressing the ongoing implementation of the repacking and incentive [...]

55% of Americans Use Wireless Internet

It’s not only because I work for the wireless trade association, but I find I use my smartphone to use the Internet, even though I have other wireline connections available. Why? It’s easy and convenient. Apparently, I’m not alone. Yesterday, the Pew Internet Project released a report that says 55% of Americans use wireless devices [...]

CTIA Statement on the Data Security and Breach Notification Act

After U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (PA) introduced the Data Security and Breach Notification Act (S. 3333), I released this statement: “CTIA welcomes the introduction of Senator Toomey’s bill. By advancing a proposal that offers a comprehensive, uniform approach to data security and breach notification, Senator Toomey demonstrates that it is possible to protect consumers while [...]

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