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About: Steven K. Berry is President & CEO of the Rural Cellular Association (RCA), the nation's leading association for wireless providers serving regional and rural markets in the United States. The licensed service area of RCA members covers more than 80 percent of the nation.
Email: steven.berry@rca-usa.org
Website: http://rca-usa.org

Articles written by Steven K. Berry:

    Expert Opinion: How to Bring More Handsets to More Carriers

    Broadband's Impact, Congress, Expert Opinion, FCC, Mobile Broadband, Public Safety, Spectrum, Wireless March 15th, 2011

    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 – Despite fanfare regarding the end of exclusivity for the Apple iPhone with the launch of a CDMA version, the reality is that many carriers are still unable to attain certain devices. While the majority of current subscribers now have access to the once-exclusive iPhone, because AT&T and Verizon have been allowed to create a duopoly in the wireless industry, from a competition standpoint, AT&T and Verizon are the only two carriers with access to the device. Translation: Less than 2 percent of domestic wireless carriers have access to one of the nation’s most coveted devices.

    Just as the iPhone is not the only smartphone on the market, it is also not the only device that is unavailable to consumers. Due to exclusive handset arrangements, consumers are left to choose between robust coverage where they live or the latest hot device they desire.

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