CTIA struck back against the FCC's proposed privacy rules for Internet service providers-- including mobile network operators-- saying the Commission is overstepping its bounds and considering regulations that are "overbroad and harmful."
American mobile users ate through 9.6 trillion MB of data last year, more than doubling the 4.1 trillion MB of data they consumed in 2014, according CTIA's latest annual report on the wireless industry.
CTIA said it wants to be a database administrator for the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band, despite the association's concerns about how the FCC's new rules around the band might interfere with licensed operations in nearby bands.
The nation's five largest mobile carriers are backing an initiative that would help them to share information and fix network outages during disasters and other emergencies.
CBS's 60 Minutes created something of a stir over the weekend when it reported on a vulnerability in the worldwide mobile exchange system that continues to allow hackers to access others' wireless data using nothing but a phone number. But if U.S. operators are terrified about any dangers the flaw may represent to their customers, they don't seem to be showing it.
CTIA is fighting a Republican effort to impose a hard budget cap on Lifeline, a federal subsidy program for fixed-line and mobile phones that was recently expanded to cover broadband service.
The FCC's long-awaited incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum effectively kicks off tonight as the Commission begins to reconfigure TV broadcasters' airwaves for use by mobile service providers. But while the auction has been six years in the making, much work is yet to be done.
As expected, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules for fixed-line and mobile broadband providers to protect users' data. And, as expected, wireless carriers didn't exactly rush to embrace his ideas.
CTIA, the Competitive Carriers Association, US Telecom and four other tech-industry consortiums asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to sculpt the agency's upcoming privacy rules similarly to guidelines developed by the FTC.
CTIA threw another counter-punch in its fight against efforts to impose common carrier regulations on mobile messaging services. The trade group responded to a request from the mobile messaging provider Twilio to make SMS services subject to Title II regulations. Such a move "would open the floodgates to unwanted and unlawful mass messages," CTIA claimed in a filing with the FCC this week.