The FCC and wireless carriers are reportedly close to an agreement that would streamline the process for customers who want to unlock their cell phones, just a few weeks after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the CTIA and the wireless industry should act by year-end or expect the FCC to issue regulations on the issue.
Two leading Republican lawmakers said Tuesday they want to start a multi-year effort to reform the Communications Acts of 1996 and update it for the age of broadband communications and next-generation wireless services.
The CTIA announced the launch of a global, multi-carrier, common database for LTE smartphones just ahead of schedule.
Local law enforcement officials want wireless carriers and device makers to install so-called "kill switches" in smartphones to disable them remotely and render them useless if they are stolen. However, carriers and the CTIA have pushed back on the idea, arguing that such technology would be too vulnerable to hacking.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is pushing the CTIA to amend its policies so that carriers would be more proactive in allowing consumers to unlock their phones. Wheeler said the CTIA and the wireless industry should act by year-end or expect the FCC to issue regulations on the issue.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he is proud of his background in the wireless industry, but that his goal now is to look out for the American people and ensure effective competition. He also said one of his main priorities right now is ensuring that broadcasters relinquish enough of their wireless spectrum to guarantee the success of the agency's upcoming incentive auctions, which could come to define his tenure as chairman.
CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent said he will not seek an extension of his current contract, which expires at the end of 2014. The CTIA board will immediately begin conducting a search for his successor.
Who is the highest-paid head of a cable or telecommunications trade association? By a sizable margin, it's CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent, who, according to tax returns filed by non-profit cable and telecom organizations, had total compensation of $2.7 million in 2011. Find out more in this FierceCable special report.
At the Obama administration's direction, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration petitioned the FCC to mandate that carriers unlock mobile phones and tablets free of charge and let customers who have met their contractual obligations switch to another carrier.
Who are the highest paid telecom trade association executives? Topping the list are CTIA's CEO Steve Largent and National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith, whose total compensation...