CTIA – The Wireless Association

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Predecessor Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
Established 1984; 33 years ago (1984)
Type Industry trade association
President and CEO
Meredith Attwell Baker (since 2014)
Website www.ctia.org

CTIA, formerly CTIA - The Wireless Association, is an advocacy group representing the wireless communication industry in the United States. It was originally known as the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (from 1984 to 2000), then Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (until 2004). The organization dropped "– The Wireless Association" from its name in 2015.


CTIA is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(6)[1] nonprofit membership organization and the leading advocacy group and trade association for the wireless communications industry in the United States.[2][3] It represents all sectors of the industry,[4] including wireless carriers and suppliers, and manufacturers and providers of wireless products and services.[5][6] CTIA is a pseudo-acronym; it no longer stands for anything and cannot be officially expanded.

In late 2009, the CTIA advocated to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the destruction of over-the-air terrestrial television, which was just forced through a very expensive transition, so that its members could takeover the UHF radio spectrum for their own use. The National Association of Broadcasters and MSTV countered by noting that it is a waste of bandwidth to stream multiple copies of a TV show that could instead be watched on a mobile TV broadcast. The new free-to-air ATSC-M/H mobile standard for TV stations is competition to its own members' pay TV business model (FLO TV and video on demand).[7]

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  1. ^ "In the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Case No. 15-1211 (and consolidated cases): ACA International, et al., Petitioners, v. Federal Communications Commission and Untied States of America, Respondents. On Petitions for Review of an Order of the Federal Communications Commission: Brief for Amicus Curiae CTIA – The Wireless Association in Support of Petitioners" (PDF). Electronic Privacy Information Center. December 2, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Mobilizing Accessibility: A Conversation with CTIA – The Wireless Association's Matthew Gerst". Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT). Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ Zeman, Eric (January 2, 2013). "CTIA To Merge U.S. Trade Shows in 2014". Information Week. UBM plc. ISSN 8750-6874. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ "No. 12-815: In the Supreme Court of the United States: Sprint Communications Company, L.P., Petitioner, Elizabeth S. Jacobs, et al., Respondents.: On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: Brief of CTIA – The Wireless Association, as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner" (PDF). American Bar Association. July 5, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "About Us". CTIA – The Wireless Association. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ "CTIA – The Wireless Association". DigitalLiteracy.gov. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), United States Department of Commerce (DOC). Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ http://broadcastengineering.com/news/ctia-takes-aim-spectrum-1119

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