Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association, testified before Congress yesterday to promote the industry's top telecom reform priority, pre-emption of state regulation. "Ironically, while Congress is working to increase competition and innovation for other sectors via a national framework, regulatory bodies at the state level are attempting to take wireless far back into the 20th Century by imposing disparate and burdensome state-by-state restrictions," Largent said. "The innovative national approach applied to the wireless industry in the 1993 budget act has proven its incredible value and is one which recognizes that the consumer is the best regulator."

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