The U.S. mobile ecosystem leads the world, and CTIA and its members are committed to keeping the Internet open.
As lawmakers consider the right regulatory framework for the Internet, the guiding principles should focus on providing certainty, promoting access and encouraging investment in our wireless networks. Any framework should also reflect that mobile networks are different competitively and technically.
Policymakers should also support innovative new services, like free data, that benefit mobile consumers.
Today’s wireless consumer experiences remarkably fast speeds, nearly ubiquitous coverage as well as receiving more data for less cost than ever before. The wireless industry’s continued innovation and investment – $177 billion this decade
alone – have helped create this world-leading mobile ecosystem.
Key to this success has been offering consumers an open mobile experience, where they can choose the content and apps they want. The wireless industry has been – and remains – committed to the principles of an open Internet.
Our nation’s laws governing the Internet were last updated two decades ago. In 1995, fewer than 1 in 6 people were mobile voice subscribers, pagers were nearly as popular as cellphones and widespread mobile broadband remained years away.
That’s why it is important for bipartisan Congressional leadership to create a modern policy framework for the Internet to allow our country’s mobile ecosystem to do what it does best – investing in our wireless future and empowering our mobile connected lives.
Until then, the wireless industry will continue to innovate with services like free data
. Free data services provide consumers with more mobile content without impacting their data plans. Regulators should encourage this type of innovation, which offer consumers more choices and more data for their mobile life.