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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 [...]

Startup Act 2.0

This week, a number of startup businesses will be on Capitol Hill to participate in the first annual “Startup Day.” Not surprisingly, many of today’s startups leverage the wireless internet platform. The wireless industry has revolutionized the way we live, work and play. In less than two decades, the cellphone has evolved from a device with [...]

CTIA Statement After the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Approved H.Con.Res. 127

After the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved H.Con.Res.127, expressing the sense of Congress regarding actions to preserve and advance the multi-stakeholder governance model under which the Internet has thrived, I released the following statement: “Today’s bipartisan vote sends a strong signal that a hands-off policy, with respect to the Internet, is the [...]

Minority Support for Tax Fairness Measures

Research by the Pew Internet Project indicates minority populations are avid users of wireless technology, so MyWireless.org® wanted to learn about why they use wireless communication so much in their daily lives and how they felt about some policy issues that had a direct impact on what they’re paying for their service. With the help [...]

The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself

Monday’s Wall Street Journal article titled “Who’s Afraid of #CISPA?” harkens to what FDR said during his inaugural address, “let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Every mobile industry statistic underscores the significance [...]

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