April 26, 2017
CTIA Statement on FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal .
WASHINGTON – The following statement can be attributed to CTIA® President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker in response to the FCC’s announcement that it will review the 2015 decision that placed broadband services under a regulatory regime conceived in the 19th century for public utilities like railroads. FCC Chairman Pai recognizes the harmful impact of applying “Title II” utility rules to broadband, and that is the proper focus of the FCC’s review. After more than a decade of debate, there is strong, bipartisan support for bright line net neutrality rules to protect the consumer Internet experience. To that end, the wireless industry continues to support a bipartisan legislative solution. By putting clear net neutrality protections into law, Congress can resolve this issue once and for all and allow wireless companies to focus on what they do best – innovating and serving customers.
“Today’s debate is not whether or not to have net neutrality protections – no one opposes clear, bright line rules to safeguard consumers’ Internet experience – it is about how our nation’s broadband networks are regulated. We are confident that Congress and Chairman Pai are on the right path for sustainable, common sense net neutrality rules under a regulatory framework that promotes billions of dollars of investment, millions of jobs and the innovation needed to sustain consumers’ mobile-first lives.”
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.