The wireless boss started his speech with a 10-point presentation about how and why the U.S. wireless industry is the most competitive in the world. He saved the red meat for his closing statement, however:
"Before we begin fixing what isn't broken, we need to be thoughtful about the consequences. We believe the marketplace today is vibrant, and there is no need to burden the mobile Internet with onerous new regulations," de la Vega told the crowd.
De La Vega's comments followed an opening keynote by new FCC chairman Julius Genachowski in which the new boss laid out what he called his four-step plan to promote the takeup of 4G networks in the U.S. (See FCC at CTIA: 'Spectrum Is Oxygen'.)
The plan involves:
- Unleashing spectrum for 4G mobile broadband and beyond
- Removing obstacles to deploying robust and ubiquitous 4G networks, which would include removing tower siting obstacles [this drew a cheer from the crowd] and promptly issuing spectrum licenses
- Fair rules of the road for an open Internet
- Empowering consumers by supporting a vibrant, transparent, and open marketplace
AT&T's de la Vegas was sure to point out that his company also "supports the open Internet." AT&T yesterday lifted its lock on allowing iPhone users to run VoIP applications over AT&T's 3G network.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung