The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee for Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights held a hearing on Competition in the Wireless Market on February 26, 2014. This hearing was presided by Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member Mike Lee including representatives from Verizon, T-Mobile, Cellular South (a small carrier based in Mississippi), Mobile Future, Free Press, and myself.
My role was to provide an international perspective on America’s wireless market, and I emphasized three points
- Competition comes from the level of technology, not the number of competitors;
- Americans get value for money when it comes to mobile products and services;
- America’s mobile ecosystem and export economy is highly dependent on mobile operators’ investments in infrastructure.
For media reporting on the issue, please see
Tech Policy Daily Competition in Wireless Markets: Roslyn Layton Testified in Senate
Broadcasting & Cable Judiciary Sets Witness for Wireless Hearing
Free State Foundation Senate Hearings Highlight Healthy Wireless Marketplace
Blog of the Legislative Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Antitrust Law and Consumer Protection Senate Hearing on Competition in the Wireless Market
Alliance for Innovation & Development European perspectives on the state of US wireless competition