Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski delivered a keynote address at the CTIA conference Tuesday, stressing some of his favorite topics (such as freeing up the airwaves), while declining to discuss some others (such as the AT&T and T-Mobile megamerger that his agency will have to review).
SIDESTEPPING: "I know everyone here has been talking about the proposed transaction that was just announced. Of course you’ll understand that I’m not going to comment on that."
FORECAST SUNNY FOR KEY BILL: "The incentive auction proposal provides an incentive-based, market-driven path to tackle the spectrum crunch. It's the right idea at the right time. ... I’m pleased not only that the president is championing this proposal, but that it enjoys bipartisan support on Capitol Hill."
INVOKING THE ZACK MORRIS PHONE: "The first commercial cell phone call was made in 1983 using a $4,000 Motorola analog cell phone that was the size of a human head and weighed two pounds. I have a slightly later version of that phone sitting on a shelf in my office as a reminder of how fast things can change, and how tricky it is to predict the future."
NET NEUTRALITY: "This past December, the FCC approved a framework to preserve Internet freedom and openness. As I said they would in my last CTIA speech, these rules recognize the legitimate differences between wired and wireless technologies, while preserving the core freedom to connect on all platforms. I believe our framework will help ensure that the mobile Internet remains a vibrant platform for innovation and investment."
PREACHING TO THE CHOIR: "You don’t need me to tell you this, but broadband has changed the rules here in America and around the world ... Smartphones keep getting more powerful and operating systems keep getting smarter. In the fourth quarter of 2010, smartphones outsold PCs worldwide — 101 million to 92 million. ... The mobile sector is critical to U.S innovation and economic leadership in the 21st century. We need to be developing here the most innovative wireless technologies, applications, services and exporting them to the rest of the world."