WASHINGTON – Please attribute the following to CTIA® Senior Vice President and General Counsel Tom Power:
“Consumers expect consistent data privacy protection regardless of when, where or how they access the Internet. CTIA members appreciate the Commission moving toward rules that incorporate pieces of the guidance from the FTC and the Administration. Unfortunately, elements of the Order remain out of step with longstanding privacy practices. Today’s action is likely to create more consumer confusion, higher costs and less innovation.
“Efforts to begin a separate FCC arbitration inquiry on questions already answered by Congress and the courts are similarly misguided. The Commission should embrace arbitration provisions that lower costs for wireless service for Americans and provide a streamlined and efficient process to address disputes."
CTIA® (www.ctia.org) represents the U.S. wireless communications industry and the companies throughout the mobile ecosystem that enable Americans to lead a 21st century connected life. The association’s members include wireless carriers, device manufacturers, suppliers as well as apps and content companies. CTIA vigorously advocates at all levels of government for policies that foster continued wireless innovation and investment. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices, hosts educational events that promote the wireless industry and co-produces the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.