WASHINGTON,April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After speaking before the Free State Foundation Seminar on "Regulatory Reform at the FCC: Why Not Now?", CTIA-The Wireless Association President and CEO Steve Largent issued the following statement:
"As I stated in my remarks, CTIA and the wireless industry support President Obama's recent Executive Order that directed federal agencies to review existing rules and to consider whether new proposals create barriers that may unnecessarily burden businesses and the economy. We also support the commitment by Chairman Genachowski to honor the President's Executive Order. Thanks to the U.S. wireless industry's fiercely competitive nature, our ecosystem continues to innovate. Ultimately, our customers benefit.
"By looking at new and existing proposals through these important lenses, many government regulations are unnecessary. For example, the FCC has initiated several proceedings, such as bill shock and net neutrality's transparency requirements, that could cause harm and we are working with the Commission to address the situation.
"As far as identifying areas of current harm, CTIA supports the FCC's continued leadership on spectrum policy to reduce government barriers while encouraging innovation. This is why the FCC's focus on freeing up more spectrum for 'flexible use' for mobile Internet service is essential, since it could ultimately accommodate a reallocation of portions of the underutilized TV bands for wireless consumers.
"With almost 303 million wireless subscriber connections in the U.S., the wireless industry already provides Americans tremendous benefits. Wireless is the future, but we must act now to get the unused or underused spectrum so our industry can continue to provide the innovations and economic benefits expected."
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.