CTIA: Net neutrality should not apply to wireless networks built with stimulus money

CTIA is urging the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the FCC not to place net neutrality regulations on wireless networks being built with loans from the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus fund. When Congress passed the $787 billion economic stimulus in February, it mandated the NTIA and the FCC put in place certain net neutrality regulations. CTIA is arguing that those regulations should not apply to wireless networks.

A number of comments were filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday. CTIA said net neutrality rules "should be applied to broadband stimulus grantees within the context of its existing parameters, and not more broadly. Wireless networks are inherently different than the networks for which the (net neutrality) policy statement was developed. The underlying network infrastructure, including spectrum, as well as the integration of the customer equipment, make wireless significantly different than other broadband networks."

For more:
- see this ComputerWorld
- see the CTIA's comments

Related Articles:
FCC opens debate on national broadband plan
Broadband stimulus mayhem
Feds work to determine broadband stimulus requirements
Is your company broadband stimulus ready?
Government officials offer some insight on broadband grants
Congress approves $7.2B for broadband stimulus
T-Mobile weighs in on possible broadband stimulus incentives

FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER

Like this story? Subscribe to FierceWireless!

The Wireless industry is an ever-changing world where big ideas come along daily. Our subscribers rely on FierceWireless as their must-read source for the latest news, analysis and data on this increasingly competitive marketplace. Sign up today to get wireless news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

Suggested Articles

All operators are trying to understand the intersection between their networks and hyperscale networks. But who gets the lion's share of the revenue?

Fierce kicks off its fall 5G Blitz week with a session on Monday, November 30, examining the RAN revolution.

Dish will deploy Mavenir's RCS Business Messaging software for customer support services.