CTIA said that a group of wireless carriers and smartphone makers had implemented a set of voluntary principles aimed at stopping smartphone theft. The announcement came just as a California law requiring smartphones sold in the state to have a "kill switch" went into effect.
Two vastly different narratives on the state of competition in the U.S. wireless market emerge from various filings carriers and trade associations made with the FCC as it prepares its latest annual competition report. On the one hand, AT&T Mobility argues "competition has gone into overdrive." On the other, the Competitive Carriers Association wants the FCC to find that the industry is not effectively competitive, and take steps to remedy the state of the industry.
Americans continue to guzzle more wireless data, but data traffic is not increasing at the rapid rate it once was, according to a new report from CTIA. The report also found that wireless service revenue fell in the U.S. last year; service revenue had increased every year since 2000 before last year, the trade group's report said.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called for smartphone makers and wireless carriers to add anti-theft features to all mobile phones.
CTIA shrugged off a federal appeals court decision that will let the FCC's net neutrality rules go into effect today and said it was confident that the FCC had overstepped its bounds in issuing the regulations. While Verizon Wireless and AT&T toed the line set by CTIA and other telecommunications trade groups, Sprint said it was fine complying with the net neutrality rules.
The FCC's net neutrality rules will go into affect today. The rules ban blocking, throttling and prevent companies from paying to get access to fast lanes to deliver content. AT&T, CenturyLink and other telecom groups requested a stay of the FCC's new net neutrality rules but those requests were not granted by a D.C. Federal Circuit Court.
CTIA and PCIA are teaming up to fight a lawsuit by Montgomery County, Maryland, that seeks to toss out rules the FCC adopted last fall intended to speed up the deployment of wireless infrastructure.
CTIA is suing the city of Berkeley, Calif., over an ordinance that passed there last month that would require retailers selling cell phones to post a notice about safety and health concerns from radiofrequency radiation emitted by phones.
The wireless industry and the National Association of Broadcasters are at loggerheads over the FCC's process as it plans for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. NAB voiced its strong opposition to a recent public notice the FCC issued on simulations of the auction, while CTIA and several wireless carriers said the notice represented a step in the right direction.
USTelecom and its key members AT&T and CenturyLink have filed a petition asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to stay the FCC's Open Internet order.