PCIA Press Releases

PCIA Statement on FCC's Open Internet Order

February 26, 2015 / Alexandria, VA - PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association released the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order:

PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association is eager to review the FCC’s Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling and Order for the Open Internet (Open Internet Order), narrowly approved this morning by a party line 3-2 vote. As the association that represents the companies that build and manage our nation’s wireless networks, we have been following the proceedings closely.

PCIA is deeply concerned about the impact of the Open Internet Order on investment, capital expenditures and the deployment of wireless infrastructure, and we are reviewing it from that perspective. America’s wireless networks are a model for the rest of the world because they were built on innovation, private investment, and a regulatory regime that encourages rapid deployment. PCIA is interested in bipartisan solutions, and is closely following developments in Congress that might yield results that protect an open internet while promoting investments in wireless networks.

 

Former Verizon Executive Mitrovich Named PCIA Vice President

February 18, 2015 / Alexandria, VA – Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association announced today that former Verizon executive Marissa Mitrovich will join the association as Vice President of Program Development. In this newly-created role, Mitrovich will lead PCIA’s new business activities and project initiatives, including training and education.

“We are so fortunate to land an executive of Marissa’s caliber to direct initiatives that will help PCIA better serve its members and benefit the entire wireless ecosystem,” Adelstein said. “Her industry knowledge and experience make her an ideal fit to identify and execute new programs that will deliver value.”

Mitrovich comes to PCIA after serving as Vice President, Public Policy for Verizon, where she interfaced with the White House and Cabinet agencies to advance Verizon’s public policy agenda on a variety of wireless issues including machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, telematics/connected vehicles, consumer issues and broadband deployment on federal lands. Mitrovich began her career at Verizon Wireless in June 2009 as member of the company’s State Public Policy organization managing policy initiatives in nine states within the Northeast. From 2001-2008, Mitrovich served as Vice President for a leading government affairs firm, The Washington Group, where she represented various industries including music, energy, cable and telecom before Congress and the Administration. She also worked on the Obama for President Campaign in 2008 and was on the team that oversaw Congressional Affairs for the 56th Presidential Inaugural Committee.

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PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms.

 

PCIA Hails First State Wireless Association Members

February 11, 2015 / Alexandria, VA – PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association is pleased to announce the first three organizations that have joined the association in the newly-created State Wireless Association membership category. The Carolinas Wireless Association (CWA), the New Jersey Wireless Association (NJWA) and the New York State Wireless Association (NYSWA) join PCIA’s growing membership in helping to expand wireless broadband access throughout the country.

As State Wireless Association members of PCIA, CWA, NJWA and NYSWA will work with PCIA to educate policy-makers and community leaders at the state and municipal level about the wireless infrastructure industry and the many benefits of wireless broadband for community economic development, public safety and countless other applications. CWA, NJWA and NYSWA will help to strengthen PCIA’s voice at the local level where the majority of wireless infrastructure siting decisions are made.

"These three organizations have demonstrated tremendous vision and leadership," said Jonathan Adelstein, President & Chief Executive Officer of PCIA. "We salute the Carolina Wireless Association, the New Jersey Wireless Association and the New York State Wireless Association for lending their voice—and that of their hundreds of members—to PCIA, and we look forward to partnering with these organizations to benefit the entire wireless industry."

 

PCIA Commends Senators Rubio, Booker for Introducing Wi-Fi Innovation Act

February 10, 2015 / Alexandria, Virginia,  The head of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association today commended Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) for introducing bipartisan legislation aimed at allocating greater spectrum use for wireless broadband and bringing leading-edge wireless service to low-income neighborhoods.

"Senators Rubio and Booker should be commended for recognizing that the U.S. faces both an unprecedented ‘wireless data crunch’ and a ‘digital divide’ that puts lower-income Americans at a disadvantage," said Jonathan Adelstein, PCIA’s President and CEO. "Their Wi-Fi Innovation Act would allocate more spectrum use for the rapidly growing wireless industry while also eliminating barriers to and creating incentives for Wi-Fi deployment in low-income neighborhoods. Senators Rubio and Booker are taking a crucial bipartisan step toward the adoption of policies that will ease the wireless data crunch and help bridge the digital divide," Adelstein said.

The Rubio-Booker bill directs the FCC to conduct testing to gauge the feasibility of opening the 5850-5925 MHz band to unlicensed use. It also urges that the 5 GHz band be explored for Intelligent Transportation and other "shared" purposes. Finally, it establishes a study aimed at reducing the barriers to Wi-Fi deployment in low-income rural and urban areas and encourages the FCC to evaluate incentives and policies that could enhance wireless adoption.

"The demand for wireless mobile data is continuing to explode. Yes, we need to allocate more spectrum – but that only addresses a fraction of what we need to be doing to spur greater wireless infrastructure deployment. PCIA will continue to work hand-in-glove with Congress, the FCC, and other federal, state, and local policymakers to embrace policies that facilitate the construction and upkeep of a world-class wireless broadband network," Adelstein said.

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PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms.

 

PCIA Responds to Cisco's Prediction of Huge Growth in Wireless Data Demand

Jonathan Adelstein, the President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless  Infrastructure Association, issued this comment in response to the release of today’s Cisco study that projects a tenfold growth in wireless data demand by the year 2019.  

"Cisco’s report needs to be read in context with the lag time for spectral utilization.  Even under the most optimistic scenarios, the amount of new spectrum coming on line in the next five years is nowhere near enough to accommodate the explosive growth rates Cisco predicts. This underscores the essential role that densification of wireless infrastructure will play in meeting wireless data demand. PCIA applauds the bipartisan recognition of the centrality of infrastructure by the FCC, Congress and the Administration, all of which have taken steps to remove barriers and encourage the deployment of wireless networks."

 

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