CTIA-The Wireless Association® Statement on the FCC's September Open Meeting

Sep 26, 2013, 12:40 ET from CTIA-The Wireless Association

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Please attribute the following to CTIA-The Wireless Association® Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Scott Bergmann:

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"We applaud the Commission for adopting today's proposed rulemaking to help speed wireless infrastructure deployment to bring the benefits of mobile broadband to America's wireless consumers.  We thank the Commission for advancing CTIA's request to facilitate the siting of temporary towers, as well as proposing to streamline the siting process for small cells and distributed antenna systems, collocation issues and application of the FCC siting shot clock. We look forward to working with the Commission to accelerate the provision of wireless broadband networks.

"While we look forward to reviewing today's other item on Mobile Wireless Communications Networks Reporting we note that wireless carriers are committed to maintaining the reliability of their networks.  No government regulation can provide any greater incentive than carriers already have to provide the most reliable service possible. But it is critical that the Commission not myopically focus on indicia that do not provide consumers with empowering and meaningful information. Wireless consumers have a wealth of information regarding carriers' service and reliability, including from consumer groups and other third parties, as well as the carriers themselves. So, CTIA and the wireless industry look forward to working with the Commission to ensure that consumers have relevant – not misleading – information regarding their wireless coverage and service."

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, DC.

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