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CEO Steve Largent of CTIA-The Wireless Association, Washington, will not seek an extension of his current contract, which expires at the end of next year.
"I’m very excited about the opportunity to spend more time with my wife Terry and our family, which is about to include our eighth grandchild,” Largent said. He will continue to lead the association and will work with his successor.
Largent became CEO in 2003. Since the end of 2003, the number of U.S. wireless subscriptions increased from about 158 million to more than 326 million, which currently represents a 104 percent penetration rate. Wireless data traffic has grown by 674 percent, and the association’s work to create an appropriate public policy climate helped create a high degree of certainty for the industry to collectively invest more than $220 billion in capital expenditures. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission conducted a series of successful spectrum auctions, with three more in various stages of rulemaking.
He resigned as a Republican member from Oklahoma in the U.S. Congress in 2002 before taking the CTIA position. Details: www.ctia.org.