CTIA Names Meredith Baker as President and CEO
The CTIA Wireless Association today announced Meredith Attwell Baker will become the president and CEO of the organization beginning June 2. Baker succeeds Steve Largent, who held the post for more than a decade. Baker is a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, and most recently served as senior vice president of government affairs for Comcast-NBCUniversal. Baker outlined an initial agenda that she'll begin to pursue once she takes the helm of the lobbying group. Baker intends to place more emphasis on technical and engineering expertise with respect to spectrum and wireless technologies; to create a five-year spectrum plan with the help of commercial and government agencies; and to regularly asses the effectiveness of spectrum use. "I am thrilled to have this opportunity to use my experience in both the public and private sectors to help the vital and fast-growing wireless communications industry," Baker said. "The wireless industry has grown significantly over the past decade and now permeates every part of our lives from education, and health care to energy and business. CTIA should be in the center of discussions about how wireless is reshaping our economy, our society and our culture." The CTIA Wireless Association represents the wireless network operators and their constituents in Washington.
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CTIA Loses Cell Radiation Labeling Fight In Berkeley
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