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Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association (CTIA)

Self Description

January 2004: Membership: The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) is the international organization that represents all elements of wireless communication - cellular, personal communication services enhanced specialized mobile radio, and mobile satellite services - serving the interests of service providers, manufacturers, and others. View a list of our members.

Founded: 1984

Purpose: CTIA is the voice of the wireless industry - representing its members in a constant dialogue with policy makers in the Executive Branch, in the Federal Communications Commission, and in Congress, CTIA's industry committees provide leadership in the area of taxation, roaming, safety, regulations, fraud and technology.

Third-Party Descriptions

November 2007: In evidence of the intensifying debate over the devices, CTIA, the main cellular phone industry association, asked the F.C.C. on Friday to maintain the illegality of jamming and to continue to pursue violators. It said the move was a response to requests by two companies for permission to use jammers in specific situations, like in jails.

January 2007: But others see it as a money grab using first responders as a front, and they are fighting to stop it. 'O'Brien's proposal is based on a lot of promises that we believe he can't keep,' said Christopher Guttman-McCabe of CTIA-the Wireless Association. Also opposed are Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), former chairman of the House's telecommunications subcommittee, and the Consumer Electronics Association.


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Status/Name Change to CTIA - The Wireless Association Organization Jan 9, 2007

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Sep 06, 2009 Gadget Makers Can Find Thief, but Don’t Ask

QUOTE: many tech companies will not disclose information about the new owners of missing devices unless a police officer calls with a search warrant. Even a request to simply shut down service — which would deter thieves by rendering their pilfered gadget useless — is typically refused.

New York Times
Sep 06, 2009 IRS asked to repeal cell phone tax: Businesses are urging the IRS to cease taxing the personal use of work-issued cell phones.

QUOTE: A message is being conveyed by lobbying groups for a wide array of industries... cell phones are so ubiquitous and have become such an essential business tool that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of the line between professional and personal use [to document for income tax purposes].

Aug 28, 2009 FCC launches far-reaching investigation of cellular industry: The FCC has launched an investigation of the wireless industry that takes the agency into new, and for some, uncomfortable terrain.

QUOTE: the three Notices of Inquiry that the agency [Federal communications Commission] announced at its Open Commission meeting notably and perhaps even radically expand the array of questions that it usually asks of the wireless service sector.

Ars Technica
Jul 18, 2009 Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks (Driven to Distraction Part 2 of 3)

QUOTE: [Americans] increasingly use phones, navigation devices and even laptops to turn their cars into mobile offices, chat rooms and entertainment centers, making roads more dangerous. A disconnect between perception and reality worsens the problem. New studies show that drivers overestimate their own ability to safely multitask, even as they worry about the dangers of others doing it.

New York Times
Mar 25, 2009 What Do Your Minutes Cost? You Can’t Tell by the Cellphone Bill (Phone Smart)

QUOTE: many people don’t bother to closely read their cellphone bills....Now a consumer advocacy group is arguing that, actually, there’s not enough information on a wireless bill.

New York Times
Nov 04, 2007 Devices Enforce Cellular Silence, Sweet but Illegal

QUOTE: The technology is not new, but overseas exporters of jammers say demand is rising and they are sending hundreds of them a month into the United States — prompting scrutiny from federal regulators and new concern last week from the cellphone industry. The buyers include owners of cafes and hair salons, hoteliers, public speakers, theater operators, bus drivers and, increasingly, commuters on public transportation.

New York Times
Jan 09, 2007 Public Safety and Profit: On the Same Wavelength?

QUOTE: [Nextel's] O'Brien wants to get rich the Washington way -- using lobbyists. He's hired a bunch of big guns to get control of more than $5 billion worth of broadband spectrum. He wants it for a noble cause: to help first responders communicate during emergencies. But O'Brien also hopes to manage the valuable space, and that work just might make him his second fortune.

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2005 Privacy Group Urges FCC to Guard Phone Data

QUOTE: EPIC argues that carriers are making it too easy for fraud artists to glean customer data by requiring only basic biographical identifiers that are easily obtainable...

Washington Post
May 22, 2004 Cellular Mobility Has Its Limits: Contracts, Glitches Complicate Number Portability

QUOTE: There are plenty of consumers like Clausen who would love to count themselves among the 3.3 million mobile-phone users who've switched carriers and kept their phone numbers but are held back by long-term deals.

Washington Post
Jan 26, 2004 Plans for Wireless Directory Raise Concerns About Privacy

QUOTE: Privacy advocates say impending Congressional legislation isn't strong enough to protect wireless users from a contractual loophole that phone companies can use to publish a directory of their numbers.

New York Times
Apr 16, 2003 Keeping Numbers

QUOTE: Cell-phone companies asked a federal court yesterday to block a regulation that would force them to let consumers keep their phone numbers when switching wireless carriers.

Washington Times
Apr 14, 2003 Irate Phone Customers Find an Ear

QUOTE: Two years ago, 31,345 California residents complained to the state about their phone companies. Finally, someone is listening.

Apr 03, 2003 Silencing a controversy

QUOTE: The ringing of pagers, cellphones, and other electronic devices in Boston theaters has become a nightly occurrence, some say, and a group of city councilors wants to outlaw them in all ''places of public performance,'' including movie houses, museums, and comedy shows.

Boston Globe
Jan 27, 2003 NextWave court win frees up airwaves

QUOTE: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cut through a "Gordian legal knot" that has kept swaths of wireless spectrum in crowded metropolitan markets out of the hands of carriers.