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On the Road to CTIA 2009

This week kicks off the International CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2009 show, being held in San Diego.  I love this time of year.  CTIA never fails to bring together a who’s who of the wireless world, discussing their company’s news and product launches as well as the industry’s latest and greatest. 

 

Over the past few days, the media has reported on several company announcements worth noting.  A few stood out as particularly interesting for me:

 

  • AT&T’s decision on Tuesday to allow VoIP applications on the iPhone 
  • Verizon and Google’s partnernship for Android devices and apps designed to support Google Voice – Kevin Fitchard from Telephony had a great article on the news 
  • Microsoft’s announcement that it will back 30 phones with their new Windows Mobile 6.5  

I also want to highlight the FCC’s involvement in the show.  Chairman Genachowski gave an opening-day keynote address today and tomorrow will moderate more than three hours of field hearings on emerging mobile applications and possible shortages of wireless spectrum. 

According to Stacey Higginbotham from GigaOM, he addressed 4G in his address, saying “We’ll act promptly to process license and other requests to keep 4G roll-outs on track.  We’ll do our part to help clear spectrum that has already been allocated and licensed for 4G.”   

 

With Genachowski at its helm, the FCC continues its commitment to high-speed wireless broadband technologies.  The two sessions happening tomorrow will also include FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker and feature panel discussions with industry representatives, academics and activists.  Stephen Lawson from IDG News Service did a nice write up on this.  It will be interesting to see the feedback the FCC receives at the show and how that impacts future issues including spectrum and net neutrality. 

 

Finally, I’d like to end this week’s post with a quick plug on Towerstream’s involvement at the show.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend but Mel Yarbrough, Towerstream’s Chief Revenue Officer, will be on site.  Mel’s speaking in the session “Stimulus: Getting in on Taxpayer Money” on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. PT. For more information on CTIA’s Educational Sessions you can click here.

 

I look forward to hearing other thoughts on this year’s conference and the key themes that emerge.