11/28/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Wireless Industry Lobby Steps Up Fight Against Net Neutrality

The Washington Post's Post I.T. Blog reports that wireless industry lobbyists are on a "charm offensive" to ward off newly proposed net neutrality regulations.

The new regulations from the FCC would prevent carriers from blocking technologies such as Google Voice or Skype on Apple's iPhone, which currently only runs on AT&T's network.

The CTIA-The Wireless Association, which represents carriers such as AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Nextel, says the industry's status as one of the most vibrant sectors in the economy could be compromised by regulation.

Reports the Post:

So why pick on us? That's the message by carriers by CTIA's six-member team assigned to lobby the FCC (and the 5-8 outside law firms hire to work on net neutrality and other wireless issues).

"All people are focusing on our industry, but it can get worse," said Christopher Guttman-McCabe, CTIA's vice president of regulatory affairs. "By no means it this a perfect industry but it does offer a pretty amazing consumer experience."

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