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Net Neutrality Overview
Wireless is different. The way it’s used, when it’s used and the technology that makes it possible is all unique to wireless. CTIA-The Wireless Association® strongly believes that prescriptive Internet regulation is unnecessary and has the potential to do far more harm than good. The constraints of regulation in this area would hamper the U.S. wireless industry’s ability to maintain its edge as the world leader in competition, value, innovation and overall satisfaction.
Consumers love the benefits of accessing the wireless Internet anytime and anywhere, so it should come as no surprise that it is the fastest growing broadband service. For many Americans, it is their only broadband service. Wireless providers compete vigorously to differentiate themselves by providing the best coverage, capacity and quality of broadband services on their networks. But unlike cable and wireline broadband, wireless data networks rely on a finite resource—spectrum.
It’s important to note that in the five years that this issue has been discussed, there is not one example in the wireless market of any harm to consumers that would be addressed in the net neutrality rules. Many consumers don’t realize it, but their wireless use is prioritized. Their voice calls take precedence over their data usage, their interactive data usage is prioritized over their standard data usage and 911 calls supersede all of it. This prioritization makes sense, because it ensures customers have a quality voice and data experience. Consumers don’t want voice calls to have gaps, nor do they want problems connecting to 911 because someone around them is watching a TV show on their mobile device.
Today’s wireless networks are engineering marvels, but usage is increasing at an unprecedented rate. Before moving down the path of increasing regulation, policymakers should carefully consider that the constantly-evolving, financially-healthy, consumer-driven U.S. wireless industry is providing the best experience and value for our users. With limited spectrum and increasing consumer demand, it is critical that wireless providers can continue to innovate and compete in this vibrant marketplace.