CTIA: Strict Platform Parity Endangers Wireless Growth

CTIA: The Wireless Association president Meredith Attwell Baker delivered the opening remarks at a network neutrality event at the University of Pennsylvania entitled: "Should Wireless Technologies Be Regulated Differently?" Not surprisingly, her answer was an unqualified yes.

The FCC in 2010 did not apply the same open Internet rules to wireless discrimination that it did to wired, citing different network management challenges, though it promised to monitor the space and revisit that call if necessary. In the new rules, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has signaled that the call is being revisited, saying that extending the rules to the burgeoning wireless broadband space is on the table.

Baker suggests the idea should instead be tabled.

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.