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CTIA-The Wireless Association

Mission: CTIA-The Wireless Association® is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

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S. 1431
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“An affordable internet is vital to millions of American consumers ...

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S. 310

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H.R. 624
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February 13, 2013

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Detailed Legislative Agenda

S. 1431: The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act

“An affordable internet is vital to millions of American consumers and businesses, and Senators Wyden and Thune remain at the forefront of preserving this critical access to opportunity and information by introducing the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act of 2013. Wireless broadband was in its infancy when Congress passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act fifteen years ago and put the first temporary tax moratorium in place. Today, millions of Americans rely on wireless technology for myriad purposes in their everyday lives, and it’s more important than ever to create a reasonable and permanent tax process on internet access. CTIA and its members look forward to working with Senators Wyden and Thune on behalf of all American internet users to ensure Congress will act on this important legislation before the current moratorium expires next year.”

http://blog.ctia.or...ax-freedom-forever/

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S. 310: Startup Act 3.0
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H.R. 624: CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act)

February 13, 2013

Our organizations—representing multiple sectors of the American economy—support the introduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill earned more than 100 bipartisan co-sponsors last year because your colleagues recognized that it would enhance public-private collaboration in countering an array of cyber threats to U.S. national and economic security.

This legislation is necessary to create a powerful sea change in the current information-sharing practices between government and the business community that reflects the conditions of an increasingly digital world. Our organizations have consistently supported legislation that would put timely, reliable, and actionable information into the hands of business owners and operators so that they can better protect their systems and assets against nefarious actors, including rogue individuals, organized criminals, and groups carrying out state-sponsored attacks.

The bill supports existing information-sharing and analysis organizations and incorporates lessons learned from pilot programs and exercises undertaken by critical infrastructure sectors. These initiatives offer complementary, demonstrated models for enabling the government to share cyber threat intelligence with the private sector—thereby affording security professionals the opportunity to implement measures intended to reduce a business’ cyber risk profile—while protecting privacy and civil liberties.

In addition, the bill provides the needed legal certainty that threat and vulnerability information voluntarily shared with the government would be provided safe harbor against the risk of frivolous lawsuits, would be exempt from public disclosure, and could not be used by officials to regulate other activities. The legislation also includes an exemption from antitrust laws, which limit exchanges of information between private entities, in order to help prevent, investigate, and mitigate threats to cybersecurity.

We welcome the introduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act and urge your colleagues to co-sponsor it. We appreciate that you wrote the bill in a bipartisan and open manner and have worked diligently to seek common ground with privacy and civil liberties organizations on issues such as the definition of cyber threat information and how the government can use the information that it receives from companies and utilities. You added several amendments to better protect individuals’ privacy prior to House passage last year. Our organizations encourage you to continue the dialogue with these communities as the bill moves forward.

Passing the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is a specific action that Congress can take to bolster America’s cybersecurity while protecting personal privacy. We look forward to working with you and your staff on this important issue.

(Letter provided to POPVOX by a Congressional office.)

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/ctia#ctia-hr-624-support
H.R. 3523 (112th): The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)

Dear Chairman Rogers:

On behalf of CTIA – The Wireless Association®, I write to thank you for your leadership in

fashioning legislation to facilitate greater information sharing between the federal

government and the private sector, as well as among private sector entities. Enactment of

this sort of legislation will contribute significantly to the expansion of sound cybersecurity

practices.

CTIA’s members take significant steps today to protect the integrity of their networks and

the components that contribute to the operation of those networks. They have a strong

incentive to do so because their customers depend on them to provide robust, secure

solutions to meet government, corporate, and individual communications needs. But we

know that there are threats from groups and individuals who seek to exploit any and every

vulnerability they can find for profit and political ends.

As CTIA’s members seek to stay ahead of these always-evolving threats, the sharing of

information between carriers, their vendors, and the federal government can help to

combat these efforts. At the same time, CTIA urges you to couple information-sharing

flexibility with appropriate liability protections, exemptions from FOIA, and prohibitions

from using information shared for cybersecurity purposes for regulatory purposes. These

safeguards will ensure that critical cyber-defense information is shielded from disclosure to parties that should not have access to it.

CTIA looks forward to working with you, Ranking Member Ruppersberger, and the rest of

your colleagues to see information sharing legislation move forward at the earliest possible date. Your legislation will promote the sort of public-private partnership that will be necessary to defeat those intent on gaining unauthorized access to public and private sector networks.

http://intelligence...ents/CTIA112911.pdf

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/ctia#ctia-hr-3523-support
H.R. 3310: Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2012

MARCH 6, 2012

CTIA Statement After the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Mark-Up of the FCC Process Reform Act and FCC Consolidated Reporting Act

In response to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee mark-up of the FCC Process Reform Act (H.R. 3309) and the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (H.R. 3310), I issued this statement:

“On behalf of the wireless industry, we commend Chairman Upton and Subcommittee Chairman Walden for today’s successful mark-up of these two important bills.

“We also want to thank Congressman Pompeo for his amendment to the FCC Process Reform Act, which was approved today. The Pompeo amendment directs the FCC to disaggregate complaints alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act from other wireless complaints, as we have asked the Commission to do. Lumping TCPA violations, which have nothing at all to do with wireless carriers, in with other complaints only serves to artificially and unfairly inflate the number of complaints and mask the fact that wireless complaints are declining relative to subscribership. In the FCC’s recent report on the fourth quarter of 2011, the wireless complaint rate was equal to just two-thousandths of one percent. This fix is long overdue.

“Finally, we want to congratulate Congressman Scalise on passage of the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act. Moving away from siloed reports and toward a comprehensive report will result in a more complete assessment of the communications marketplace, including the impact of edge services and applications that influence competition and investment by network providers. Additionally, enactment of H.R. 3310 will reduce the regulatory burden imposed on the industry, a goal CTIA fully supports.”

http://blog.ctia.or...ated-reporting-act/

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/ctia#ctia-hr-3310-support
H.R. 3309: Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012

MARCH 6, 2012 Print Preview

CTIA Statement After the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Mark-Up of the FCC Process Reform Act and FCC Consolidated Reporting Act

In response to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee mark-up of the FCC Process Reform Act (H.R. 3309) and the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (H.R. 3310), I issued this statement:

“On behalf of the wireless industry, we commend Chairman Upton and Subcommittee Chairman Walden for today’s successful mark-up of these two important bills.

“We also want to thank Congressman Pompeo for his amendment to the FCC Process Reform Act, which was approved today. The Pompeo amendment directs the FCC to disaggregate complaints alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act from other wireless complaints, as we have asked the Commission to do. Lumping TCPA violations, which have nothing at all to do with wireless carriers, in with other complaints only serves to artificially and unfairly inflate the number of complaints and mask the fact that wireless complaints are declining relative to subscribership. In the FCC’s recent report on the fourth quarter of 2011, the wireless complaint rate was equal to just two-thousandths of one percent. This fix is long overdue.

“Finally, we want to congratulate Congressman Scalise on passage of the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act. Moving away from siloed reports and toward a comprehensive report will result in a more complete assessment of the communications marketplace, including the impact of edge services and applications that influence competition and investment by network providers. Additionally, enactment of H.R. 3310 will reduce the regulatory burden imposed on the industry, a goal CTIA fully supports.”

http://blog.ctia.or...ated-reporting-act/

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/ctia#ctia-hr-3309-neutral
S. 911: Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act

After the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation voted to approve S. 911, the “Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act,” CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO Steve Largent released the following statement:

“CTIA congratulates Chairman Rockefeller for moving his bill forward. We greatly appreciate the focus the bill places on authorizing incentive auctions and making additional spectrum available for commercial wireless providers. Making additional spectrum available is critical to ensuring that the wireless industry can continue to meet the exploding demand for wireless broadband services and remain a catalyst for economic growth.

“We look forward to working with Chairman Rockefeller and his colleagues to make certain that this spectrum is brought to auction as soon as possible.”

http://www.ctia.org.../body.cfm/prid/2085

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/ctia#ctia-s-911-support
S. 1549 (112th): The President's American Jobs Act

After the American Jobs Act Legislation draft was released today, CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO Steve Largent issued the following statement:

“While we are reviewing the proposed legislation with our members, CTIA appreciates the Administration’s continued support for spectrum auctions. Bringing additional spectrum to auction expeditiously is critical to efforts to address wireless consumers’ demand for mobile broadband service, just as it is key to spurring additional investment, innovation and job creation across the wireless ecosystem. We urge Congress to act swiftly to authorize incentive auctions and to repurpose a significant portion of the sub-3 gigahertz bands currently occupied by federal users.”

http://www.ctia.org.../body.cfm/prid/2120

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/ctia#ctia-s-1549-neutral
H.R. 2281 (112th): The Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act

“We are concerned that the bill proposes to add a new layer of regulation to a new and exciting set of services, while ignoring the fact that wireless is an inherently complex and dynamic environment in which network speeds can vary depending on a wide variety of factors. Congress should resist calls to impose new regulations and instead focus on the real issue, which is making sure that America’s wireless carriers have sufficient spectrum to lead the world in the race to deploy 4G services.”

http://blog.ctia.or...losure-legislation/

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/ctia#ctia-hr-2281-oppose
S. 543: Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011

The average wireless consumer is charged more than 16 percent in taxes and fees while other taxable goods and services are only 7.4 percent. 47 states and the District of Columbia are charging wireless consumers more than other taxable goods and services. Five states, including Nebraska, Washington, New York, Florida and Illinois, charge more than 20 percent.

This is outrageous and that’s why we were pleased when more than 140 bipartisan U.S. Senators and Representatives co-sponsored the Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011. S. 543 and H.R. 1002 would put a 5-year moratorium on these discriminatory taxes and fees so that our wireless consumers could get some much needed relief in these challenging economic conditions.

http://blog.ctia.org/2011/03/14/12345/

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/ctia#ctia-s-543-support
H.R. 1002: Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011

The average wireless consumer is charged more than 16 percent in taxes and fees while other taxable goods and services are only 7.4 percent. 47 states and the District of Columbia are charging wireless consumers more than other taxable goods and services. Five states, including Nebraska, Washington, New York, Florida and Illinois, charge more than 20 percent.

This is outrageous and that’s why we were pleased when more than 140 bipartisan U.S. Senators and Representatives co-sponsored the Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011. S. 543 and H.R. 1002 would put a 5-year moratorium on these discriminatory taxes and fees so that our wireless consumers could get some much needed relief in these challenging economic conditions.

http://blog.ctia.org/2011/03/14/12345/

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/ctia#ctia-hr-1002-support