CTIA – The Wireless Association
CTIA logo 2015.png
The organization's logo
Established 1984; 33 years ago (1984)
Headquarters 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
Key people
Meredith Attwell Baker (President and CEO)
Website www.ctia.org
The logo from 2004 through 2015

CTIA, formerly known as CTIA - The Wireless Association, is a nonprofit membership organization and advocacy group representing all sectors of the wireless communications industry in the United States. The association was established in 1984 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was originally known as the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (1984-2000), then Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (2000-2004). The organization dropped "- The Wireless Association" from its name in 2015.


CTIA is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(6)[1] nonprofit membership organization and the leading advocacy group and trade association for the wireless communications industry in the United States.[2][3] It represents all sectors of the industry,[4] including wireless carriers and suppliers, and manufacturers and providers of wireless products and services.[5][6] Since 1984, the organization has advocated at all levels of government on issues of importance to the wireless industry, including spectrum, wireless infrastructure, and public safety. The organization educates consumers about wireless industry guidelines, products and services, and accessibility options for people with disabilities.[5]

CTIA operates certification programs for the wireless industry and publishes wireless industry surveys.[5][7][8] The association also supports GrowingWireless.com, which educates parents about teaching their children to use wireless technologies responsibly, and AccessWireless.org, a resource for people with disabilities, seniors, and their families regarding accessible wireless devices and services.[5]


CTIA was established in May 1984 as the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association.[9] In 2000, the organization merged with the Wireless Data Forum and became the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association.[1][10] Its name was changed to CTIA--The Wireless Association in 2004.[1]

Tom Wheeler served as chief executive officer (CEO) of CTIA from 1992 to 2004.[11] He was appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in November 2013.[11]

Steve Largent became president and CEO in November 2003, serving until 2014.[12][13]Meredith Attwell Baker became CTIA's president and CEO in June 2014.[14][15]

Industry trade shows

For more than ten years, CTIA hosted the largest annual trade show in the United States for the wireless industry, attracting more than 40,000 attendees each spring. The event's name changed over time, but in 2012 was known as the "CTIA Wireless show".[3] CTIA also organized a smaller trade show each fall called MobileCON. In January 2013, CTIA announced plans to combine its two trade shows into one, starting in September 2014.[3] This conference was branded as "Super Mobility Week". The following year's conference featured 1,000 exhibitors and attracted 30,000 visitors.[16] In 2016, CTIA and GSMA announced that, starting in 2017, CTIA's "Super Mobility" show would become "GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas", in partnership with CTIA.[16][17]

CTIA Wireless Foundation

CTIA's nonprofit organization, CTIA Wireless Foundation supports initiatives that use wireless technology to assist communities. The foundation partnered with American Red Cross to create the "Text2HELP" program to help aid victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The program enabled wireless customers to send text messages to make donations to American Red Cross' relief efforts.[18][19][20][21]

The foundation is a major sponsor of PulsePoint, a no-cost app that alerts users of nearby cardiac arrest emergencies so they can offer first aid before first responders arrive.[22][23] The foundation also supports "text4baby", a no-cost mobile texting program that provides information to parents and caregivers on prenatal care and baby health and parenting.[24]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "In the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Case No. 15-1211 (and consolidated cases): ACA International, et al., Petitioners, v. Federal Communications Commission and Untied States of America, Respondents. On Petitions for Review of an Order of the Federal Communications Commission: Brief for Amicus Curiae CTIA - The Wireless Association in Support of Petitioners" (PDF). Electronic Privacy Information Center. December 2, 2015. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ "Mobilizing Accessibility: A Conversation with CTIA - The Wireless Association's Matthew Gerst". Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT). Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Zeman, Eric (January 2, 2013). "CTIA To Merge U.S. Trade Shows in 2014". Information Week. UBM plc. ISSN 8750-6874. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ "No. 12-815: In the Supreme Court of the United States: Sprint Communications Company, L.P., Petitioner, Elizabeth S. Jacobs, et al., Respondents.: On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: Brief of CTIA - The Wireless Association, as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner" (PDF). American Bar Association. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d "About Us". CTIA - The Wireless Association. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ "CTIA - The Wireless Association". DigitalLiteracy.gov. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), United States Department of Commerce (DOC). Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ Reisinger, Don (October 12, 2011). "U.S. has more mobile subscribers than people, study finds". CNET. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ "Background on CTIA's Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey" (PDF). CTIA - The Wireless Association. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ "Wireless History Timeline - 1980s". Wireless History Foundation. Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ "Before the Federal Communications Commission Washington, D.C. 20554: In the Matter of: Request by Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association to Commence Rulemaking to Establish Fair Location Information Practices: WT Docket No. 01-72" (PDF). Electronic Privacy Information Center. July 2002. Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Brodkin, Jon (March 16, 2016). "How a former lobbyist became the broadband industry's worst nightmare". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ Richtel, Matt (March 22, 2004). "In the Hall as a Lobbyist After Time in the House". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017. 
  13. ^ Hines, Kelly (February 5, 2016). "Familiar face around town: Steve Largent moves back to Tulsa, is serving on TU's board". Tulsa World. ISSN 2330-7234. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ Bachman, Katy (April 23, 2014). "Meredith Baker Exits Comcast for Wireless Lobby: Wants CTIA to be the 'go to' organization on communication issues". Adweek. Prometheus Global Media. ISSN 0199-2864. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ Kang, Cecilia (April 23, 2014). "Wireless lobby group names former FCC member Baker as president". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ a b Segan, Sascha (June 22, 2016). "CTIA, the US Mobile Show, Becomes MWC Americas". PC Magazine. ISSN 0888-8507. Retrieved 2017. 
  17. ^ Gibbs, Colin (June 22, 2016). "GSMA to partner with CTIA on new U.S. wireless trade show". Fierce Wireless. Retrieved 2017. 
  18. ^ Hardiman, Jean Tarbett (August 17, 2008). "Texting goes beyond a fad". The Herald-Dispatch. Huntington, West Virginia. Retrieved 2017. 
  19. ^ Travers, Karen (January 14, 2010). "Haiti Relief: Text Messages Speed Donations". ABC News. Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ Oberman, Justin (September 19, 2006). "CTIA Wireless Foundation Launches Text2Help for the American Red Cross". Tech President. Retrieved 2017. 
  21. ^ Hamblen, Matt (January 14, 2010). "Text-to-donate collects millions for Haiti relief". Computerworld. ISSN 0010-4841. Retrieved 2017. 
  22. ^ "City Partners With PulsePoint to Improve Cardiac Arrest Response in RVA". Journal of Emergency Medical Services. April 7, 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  23. ^ Heaton, Brian (July 12, 2011). "Life-Saving 'Fire Department CPR' App Going National". Government Technology. Retrieved 2017. 
  24. ^ "Founding Partner: The CIA Wireless Foundation". text4baby. Retrieved 2017. 

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