• Press Releases
    Sep 26, 2013

    CTIA Statement on the FCC’s September Open Meeting

    WASHINGTON – Please attribute the following to CTIA-The Wireless Association® Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Scott Bergmann: “We applaud the Commission for adopting today’s proposed ...

  • CTIA Blog Posts
    Jul 26, 2011

    Spectrum Availability for Wireless: How Do We Compare?

    I thought it would be helpful and important to look at how our spectrum availability compares to other countries...

  • CTIA Blog Posts
    Jul 23, 2013

    The Wireless Foundation’s VITA Awards for Using Wireless to Improve Lives

    Last night, The Wireless Foundation held its VITA Achievement dinner, where it recognized individuals and organizations that used wireless technology to make a positive and significant societal impact...

  • CTIA Blog Posts
    Oct 18, 2013

    MobileCON 2013: Comsearch: More Spectrum is Vital

    Comsearch’s Mark Gibson shares his insight on the real need for more spectrum, and weighs in on spectrum sharing and the licensed-unlicensed discussion.

  • Video
    Nov 18, 2011

    Rapid Data Use Increase Means More Spectrum is Needed

    CTIA’s Steve Largent says that the U.S. needs more spectrum because of the rapid increase in mobile data.

  • Video
    Nov 17, 2011

    CTIA: Let's Clear the Air. More Spectrum, More Freedom Radio Ad

    CTIA believes that the U.S. must identify and allocate additional licensed spectrum for commercial use.

  • Policy Topics

    Spectrum, Tower Siting and Antennas

    There are more wireless devices in the U.S. than Americans today, but several independent analysts and researchers predict that this number of mobile technology will grow exponentially within the next few years thanks to the “Internet of Things.” In order to meet this demand, CTIA and its members are advocating for more licensed spectrum. Since some spectrum band holders have underutilized or unused spectrum, it’s logical to move those users and auction the finite and valuable spectrum.

  • Press Releases
    Dec 11, 2013

    CTIA Statement on the House Energy & Commerce Committee Approval of the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act and the FCC Process Reform Act

    The wireless industry thanks Congressman Guthrie and Congresswoman Matsui for their leadership in winning bipartisan support for the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act.

  • Facts and Infographics
    Nov 21, 2013

    INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Impact of 500 MHz of Spectrum

    The economic impact of bringing 500 MHz of spectrum (per the FCC's National Broadband Plan) to market by 2020 is $87 billion increase in U.S. GDP, at least 350,000 new U.S. jobs, an additional $23.4 billion in government revenues and $13.1 billion increase in wireless applications and content sales.

  • Facts and Infographics
    Nov 20, 2013

    2004: Congress Enacts Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act

    In 2004, Congress enacts the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act, creating the Spectrum Relocation Fund to recover the costs associated with relocating radio communication systems from certain bands.

  • Federal & State Legislative Activity
    Mar 20, 2014

    CTIA Comments to OSTP on Federal Spectrum

    CTIA – The Wireless Association® (“CTIA”) submits this letter in response to the Notice of Request for Information (“NRI”) issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (“OSTP”) on the Science and Technology Policy Institute (“STPI”) report identifying approaches to providing incentives to federal agencies to share or relinquish spectrum. CTIA applauds OSTP’s steps to implement the President’s June 2013 memorandum, which recognizes the need to make more spectrum available for commercial broadband systems. OSTP and other stakeholders must not let these first steps also be the last. Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”), and others should adopt affirmative measures that will enable federal agencies to take advantage of incentives to free up the additional spectrum that will continue to drive the growth of the wireless industry and our Nation’s economy.

  • Events
    Apr 25, 2014

    Spectrum Beyond 'Incentive Auctions'

    The Information Economy Project of Clemson University and the George Mason University School of Law present a conference on spectrum.

  • Events
    May 16, 2014

    The FCC Is Auctioning Off the Public’s Spectrum: How Will It Affect The Internet?

    The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee will hold an event on May 16th entitled, "The FCC is Auctioning Off the Public's Spectrum: How Will It Affect The Internet?"

  • Federal & State Legislative Activity
    Apr 25, 2014

    CTIA–The Wireless Association® Response to House Energy and Commerce White Paper on Modernizing U.S. Spectrum Policy

    CTIA – The Wireless Association® (“CTIA”) submits the following response to the White Paper released by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (“Committee”) on April 1, 2014, seeking comment on modernizing U.S. spectrum policy, as a part of the Committee’s ongoing efforts to reform the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the “Act”).

  • Events
    May 18, 2014

    FCC: Environmental and Historic Preservation Compliance Workshop

    FCC workshops on environmental compliance and historic preservation review training for the construction of communications towers.

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