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CDMA Development Group Urges the Federal Communications Commission to Allow Flexibility for Operators to Manage Wireless Broadband Networks

Industry Group Cites the Tremendous Growth and Emerging Challenges of Complex Wireless Networks and Services

WASHINGTON D.C. — February 4, 2010 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today released comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) regarding the development of rules to preserve an open Internet. The CDG maintains that network neutrality rules are unnecessary for wireless broadband Internet access providers and supports the FCC’s goals to preserve an open Internet. Doing so will stimulate investment and innovation across industries to promote the ongoing development of advanced, high-quality broadband services, including broadband services provided over wireless networks. The CDG believes that regulatory policies should continue to ensure wireless service providers the flexibility to manage their resources in the most efficient manner and enable them to recover their substantial investments.

“The wireless industry is at a critical juncture phase in the evolution to more powerful broadband systems, richer applications, expanding demand and greater competition,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “The CDG urges the FCC to maintain the regulatory flexibility that has been—and continues to be—fundamental to the ability of carriers to manage their networks, respond to market conditions and opportunities, and that is an important prerequisite for significant investment and innovation.”

The continued substantial growth of wireless data will present significant challenges as network resources become more congested. Limiting carriers’ ability to respond to the unique demands of the wireless environment will exacerbate the capacity shortage now facing the industry. The CDG asked the FCC to recognize and accommodate the very different situations that face wireline and wireless companies with regards to radio signals fading, interference, mobility management and traffic patterns. This distinction is critical and requires the FCC to provide flexibility for reasonable network management to wireless carriers in order to avoid adverse consequences on the growth and development of wireless broadband. For these reasons, the CDG believes that network neutrality provisions in a wireless environment are unnecessary, as market forces will correct for carriers that do not allow users the degree of freedom that they desire.

The complete comments submitted to the FCC by the CDG and more information about CDMA are available at www.cdg.org.

About CDMA2000
CDMA2000 is a widely deployed 3G technology, with 308 operators in 116 countries and territories serving 512 million subscribers. Counting 2G cdmaOne™ subscribers, there are over 517 million CDMA users worldwide. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO is a widely-deployed 3G CDMA (IMT-2000) solution offering mobile broadband to 136 million people across a wide range of devices. CDMA2000 has been chosen by operators in both developed and emerging markets, and is deployable in the 450, 700, 800, 1700, 1900, AWS and 2100 MHz bands. More than 2,320 CDMA2000 devices from over 122 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 548 Rel. 0 and 226 Rev. A devices on 114 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rel. 0 and 77 Rev. A systems. More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

About CDG
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA2000 technologies. The more than 140 member companies of the CDG include many of the world’s largest wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of CDMA2000 features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on CDMA2000-related matters.

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