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In U.S., “LTE” Means Speedy Wireless Nets Now, But For Many in Europe It Just Means “LaTE”

Shortly after filing comments last month on the State of Mobile Wireless Competition documenting U.S. wireless providers’ global lead in wireless competition, I was struck by an article that reaffirmed this lead and underscored the true benefits being delivered to U.S. consumers. The CNET U.K. headline says it all: “No 4G network for Britain until [...]

“Appy” Holidays: The First Billion Download Week

I ran across this headline earlier in the week, and the clever turn-of-phrase both extended the holiday cheer here at CTIA and highlighted a remarkable achievement in the mobile market: 1.2 billion apps were downloaded during the last week of 2011, and that’s just for iOS and Android, according to Flurry. One-point-two-billion! While the growth [...]

Keep States Accountable for Misuse of E911 Funds

Every day, there are almost 400,000 wireless 911 calls made. With nearly 30 percent of consumers living in wireless-only households, CTIA believes all wireless customers should have access to E911 services. Even though wireless consumers pay more than $2 billion a year in 911 fees and charges to support their state and local 911 systems, [...]

National Journal Live “Technology 2012 and Beyond” Policy Event Highlights

Speakers at the National Journal Live policy briefing “Technology 2012 and Beyond” on November 16 discussed some of the wireless industry’s most pressing issues, including the need for more spectrum, the harm of prescriptive regulation and the taxation of digital goods. Speakers appearing in this highlight reel include: Steve Largent, President and CEO, CTIA-The Wireless [...]

CTIA Statement on Supercommittee

“The wireless industry’s need for additional spectrum is well documented. If the supercommittee process doesn’t provide a path to addressing our need for more spectrum, then there are other vehicles available that will ensure our members can access unused or underutilized spectrum and meet consumers’ demand for wireless broadband services. We look forward to working [...]

Batter Up! All Eyes on NTIA

As I was bemoaning another poor effort by the football team that I root for on Monday night (yes, the “Dream Team” Eagles) and simultaneously tinkering with this blog post, I began to long for spring training and the start of baseball season (at least the Phillies will make the playoffs. I hope.). So, as I [...]

National Public Safety Organizations and Wireless Industry Respond to FCC Report on 9-1-1 Fund Diversion

Today, national organizations representing the public safety and wireless industries released the following statements in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 3rd Annual Report to Congress on State Collection and Distribution of 911 and Enhanced 911 Fees and Charges: From CTIA-The Wireless Association’s Vice President of External and State Affairs Jamie Hastings: “Every day, [...]

CTIA Statement After the U.S. House of Representatives Passed the Wireless Tax Fairness Act

After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Wireless Tax Fairness Act (H.R. 1002), which would place a five year moratorium on any new discriminatory taxes and fees imposed on wireless consumers’ monthly bill, I released the following statement: “On behalf of the 300 million wireless customers in the U.S., CTIA applauds the Wireless Tax [...]

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