TIA Congratulates Sec. Ross and Applauds His Commitments on Trade Barriers and Spectrum

Arlington, VA (February 27, 2017) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today congratulated Wilbur Ross Jr. on being confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

TIA Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Cinnamon Rogers commented: 

“Free and fair international trade allows U.S. tech companies to create jobs and deliver tremendous economic growth here at home. Secretary Ross recognized this during his confirmation, when he committed to expanding U.S. exports while vigorously enforcing trade rules. Delivering on both elements will not be easy, but it will be essential for maintaining the strength of our communications industry.

“Consumers and businesses around the globe continue to demand the products and services offered by TIA members, but their governments are increasingly erecting trade barriers. In fact, certain countries place extensive and growing limitations on U.S. industries, while their own businesses operate largely unrestricted in the U.S. commercial market. TIA is committed to working with Sec. Ross and the Commerce Department to identify protectionist policies and develop strategic and constructive responses. We all share the goal of boosting American exports and ensuring greater economic prosperity.

“TIA has long been a vocal advocate for opening up more spectrum to the private sector, and we appreciate Sec. Ross’ support of this goal. It’s vital that we continue the progress that has been made recently, as spectrum is the key ingredient for achieving the transformative potential of the Internet of Things.”


Ashley Simmons, 703-907-7704, asimmons@tiaonline.org

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.