Competition in the Wireless Market: Testimony to the US Senate

Roslyn Layton Testify wireless competition US Senate

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

  1. Competition comes from the level of technology, not the number of competitors;
  2. Americans get value for money when it comes to mobile products and services;
  3. America’s mobile ecosystem and export economy is highly dependent on mobile operators’ investments in infrastructure.

You can see my testimony here  (scroll 54 min) or read it here.

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