CTIA-The Wireless Association® Statement on Chairman Genachowski's Remarks on Net Neutrality

Dec 01, 2010, 13:41 ET from CTIA-The Wireless Association

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After Chairman Julius Genachowski's remarks, CTIA-The Wireless Association President and CEO Steve Largent released the following statement:

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"Although we have not seen the specific language of the Chairman's proposal, in his remarks, Chairman Genachowski emphasized the appropriateness of recognizing differences between fixed and mobile broadband. While we maintain our belief that any action in this area is unnecessary in the dynamic and rapidly evolving wireless environment, we understand and are pleased that the proposed rules have moved away from broad Title II regulation and toward a more tailored approach that recognizes the unique nature of wireless services. The wireless ecosystem moves at a startling pace, and if new rules are adopted, they should be reviewed in two years.

"The U.S. wireless industry is dedicated to serving its customers, leading the world in investment and innovation, and is playing a prominent role in our country's economic recovery. We believe the best environment in which to continue that is one that avoids overregulation and removes uncertainty. We believe significant input from a bipartisan majority of Congress and others, and the willingness of the Chairman to seek a workable solution, have contributed toward making the proposed rules less onerous. While we will wait to review the specific language in the text, we appreciate the Chairman's attempt to find a way forward on this issue that recognizes the need to create certainty in the market and facilitate investment."

CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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