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Commissioner Clyburn's Statement on CTIA's Content Guidelines

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Released: November 29, 2011

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November 29, 2011
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STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER MIGNON L. CLYBURN

ON CTIA’S MOBILE APPLICATION CONTENT RATING SYSTEM

“I applaud CTIA-The Wireless Association and the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) for
unveiling what promises to be a worthwhile tool for those making electronics purchases for minors. The
Mobile Application Rating System will use the well-known and trusted age rating icons that ESRB
assigns to computer and video games, to provide consumers with reliable information about the age-
appropriateness of applications. I further commend AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S.
Cellular and Verizon Wireless for volunteering to implement the rating system in their mobile application
storefronts. The flexible process of providing application developers an automatic default rating based
upon a standard questionnaire, will help ensure that the rating system does not slow the deployment of
new mobile applications, while the ESRB's review of popular applications and consumer complaints, will
help parents and consumers make fully informed choices about mobile applications purchases.”
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