The CTIA Believes Wireless is a Vital Component to the lives of American Consumers

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While access to wireless broadband and towers may have been a convenience just a few years ago, the CTIA—The Wireless Association believes that it is now a vital component in the lives of American consumers and businesses. 

This statement came as a response to Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-7) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18) introducing the companion bill, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, to the Senate’s Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act of 2013.
The Internet Tax Freedom Act was originally signed into law in 1998 by President Bill Clinton. This law prohibits federal, state and local governments from taxing Internet access and imposing Internet-only taxes. This law has been extended three times by Congress since its original enactment.
Chairman Goodlatte and Representative Eshoo have been champions for the digital economy since the Internet Tax Freedom Act was first enacted fifteen years ago. The Permanent Internet Freedom Act permanently extends the moratorium on Internet access taxes and fees and provides a tax certainty that will continue to foster American technological innovation, growth and leadership in electronic commerce,” the CTIA’s press release explained.
The current moratorium on Internet taxes was extended until November 1, 2014 by President George W. Bush in 2007. CTIA-The Wireless Association is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. 

Affordable wireless broadband is no longer just a modern convenience, but a vital component in the lives of American consumers and businesses. From education to healthcare to commerce, a reasonable and permanent tax structure that guarantees affordable access to the Internet and the incredible services it provides is vital for consumers and continued innovation,” the CTIA explained. 
September 13, 2013 |

CTIA Launches Discount Travel Program for 2014 Super Mobility Week

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CTIA—The Wireless association announced today that they will be working with ShowStoppers to build a new discount travel program to help journalists from Asia and Europe cover CTIA 2014 Super Mobility Week. This event will be September 9-11, 2014 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas.
“Wireless transcends borders, and that’s why we’re offering this special package to international reporters for Super Mobility Week. Mobile technology enhances people’s lives, and many of these innovations are first developed in the U.S., so international reporters who want to cover what’s happening the U.S. will be able to do so at a great rate,” said Robert Mesirow,  show director, CTIA.
Super Mobility Week is an industry trade show where strategic partnerships will be brought together to offer attendees, exhibitors, and speakers opportunities to network and conduct business. The CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. CTIA also coordinates the industry’s voluntary efforts to provide consumers with a variety of choices and information regarding their wireless products and services. 

“Our goal is to make it as simple and as easy as possible for the qualified international journalists who already attend ShowStoppers press events around the world to travel to the United States for Super Mobility Week,” said Steve Leon, partner, ShowStoppers.

September 5, 2013 |

The Spectrum is the Backbone of Wireless

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There has been a lot of discussion about the wireless spectrum and its finite capabilities. The CTIA discussed how the spectrum is the backbone of wireless because wireless technology is connecting people in ways previously thought impossible.
Spectrum is the fuel that makes this wireless connection possible, but it’s a finite resource that is highly valued. That’s why the wireless industry has been calling for the government to take unused and underutilized spectrum and auction it for its highest and best use,” the CTIA explained.
The FCC will be conducting a spectrum auction next year where TV station owners will be able to auction off their spectrum licenses to broadband wireless carriers. By using auctions, the FCC seeks to award licenses to those who value them most and who will have an incentive to use them most effectively.

The need for more spectrum has never been greater, and although the U.S. wireless industry is the most efficient user of spectrum in the world, it will need more in the near future to meet the significant demand of consumers and businesses and continue providing them with the world’s best and most innovative mobile products and services,” the CTIA said. 

September 3, 2013 |

CPSC and CTIA Team Up To Remind Consumers To Shop Safely For Mobile Device Batteries

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You may not think twice about the battery that charges your phone until you have to replace it.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and CTIA-The Wireless Association® have teamed up to educate consumers on how to stay connected and out of harm’s way while using wireless mobile devices, batteries, and chargers.
There are now more people on earth that have access to a mobile phone, than have access to a toothbrush, stated Ian Carrington, mobile and social advertising sales director at Google (Source: MobileMarketing). While this fact may be unhygienic, it also means consumers need to be aware of the dangers that mobile devices pose to their safety if not used in the correct way. Consumers should always take the time to read and follow the manufacture guidelines regarding the maintenance of mobile devices and their batteries.
The batteries that cell phones used are Lithium-ion batteries, which hold a lot of energy in a small package compared to the alkaline batteries found in toys or flashlights. While Li-ion batteries can hold a charge longer, they are also more sensitive to physical stress so consumers must treat them with more care.
CPSC and CTIA recommend the following safety steps for consumers:
1)      Do not use batteries and chargers that are incompatible with your mobile device.  Some websites and secondhand dealers not associated with reputable manufacturers and carriers have been found to be selling incompatible, counterfeit, or poorly manufactured batteries and chargers.  Consumers should purchase manufacturer or carrier recommended products and accessories.  If unsure about whether a replacement battery or charger is compatible with your mobile device, contact the original equipment manufacturer.  
2)      Do not let a loose battery come in contact with metal objects, such as coins, keys, or jewelry.  Metal objects can cross the electrical connections and cause an incident. 
3)      Do not crush, puncture or put a high degree of pressure on the battery, as this can cause an internal short-circuit, resulting in overheating.
4)      Do not place the phone or batteries in areas that may get very hot, such as on or near a cooking surface, cooking appliance, iron, or radiator. 
5)      Avoid dropping the mobile device.  Dropping it, especially on a hard surface, can potentially cause damage to the device and battery.  If you suspect damage to the device or battery, take it to a service center for inspection. 
6)      Do not let your mobile device or battery get wet.  Even though the device will dry and appear to operate normally, the battery contacts or circuitry could slowly corrode and pose a safety hazard.
7)      Follow battery usage, storage, and charging guidelines found in the user’s guide.  

August 20, 2013 |

CTIA’s Green Working Group Encourages You To Go Wireless

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“Go wireless, go green” is the slogan for CTIA’s Green Working Group. The GWG is just another part of the wireless industry’s continued commitment to being green. The CTIA GWG explains on their website that there are three components to encourage more recycling of “old” devices and accessories:

  •  Develop a take-back program for devices and accessories and to educate consumers about these programs.
  • Use third party recyclers that comply with applicable federal and state electronic recycling laws.
  • Develop a common approach for measuring handset collection rates with a goal of increasing the collection of devices and electronic accessories either directly or indirectly by 20 percent by 2015.

CTIA-The Wireless Association® and the wireless industry’s sustainability efforts include developing eco-friendly products and services, implementing energy-efficient measures in network operations and business practices and educating consumers about recycling their wireless devices (e.g. cellphones and smartphones) and accessories. (Source: CTIA)

August 14, 2013 |

Wireless Technology and Your Health

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Many people fear the effect that cell phones have on their health and believe they have a negative impact in the long run, but the CTIA, an international trade association that represents the wireless communications industry, took the time to look into wireless technology and how it affects your health. People hear the words “radiation” and “cell phones” and assume it’s the same radiation that is associated with medical x-rays.
The CTIA explains that, “Medical X-rays in large enough doses can ionize (i.e., affect electrons around atoms and molecules) and thereby damage biological material. Therefore they are known as ‘ionizing’ radiation.’ As the FDA points out on its website, radio frequency waves do not have enough energy to ionize biological material and therefore are categorized as ‘non-ionizing.’ As the FDA notes, other types of non-ionizing radiation include ‘visible light’ and ‘infrared radiation (heat).’”
The FCC also reported that currently there is no scientific evidence establishing a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses. Wireless phones include both cell phones and the cordless phones. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has even conducted extensive research and concluded that, “To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.”
August 13, 2013 |
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