In helping to carry out the Wireless Bureau’s mission, the Competition & Infrastructure Policy Division (CIPD) develops and implements competition and infrastructure policies to promote the rapid deployment of wireless communications services consistent with environmental and other statutory requirements and to encourage competition in the wireless marketplace for the benefit of consumers.

CIPD’s competition group reviews proposed transactions involving mobile wireless licensees, and establishes rules to promote competition in the wireless marketplace, such as spectrum reserve and joint bidding rules for the Broadcast Incentive Auction.  It manages several consumer-oriented policies including the promotion of wireless roaming, which allows consumers to automatically receive mobile service when outside of the provider’s coverage area; hearing aid compatibility for wireless handsets, which ensures providers and device manufacturers offer handsets that are compatible with hearing aids; and wireless issues in the Open Internet proceeding.  CIPD also analyzes data and trends in the wireless marketplace, including the preparation of the Annual Mobile Wireless Competition Report, engagement on the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America initiative, and assessment of mobile broadband deployment.

CIPD’s infrastructure group manages environmental compliance for licensees and tower registrants so that the agency meets its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.  In doing so, it evaluates tower siting (including new tower constructions and antenna collocations), conducts rulemakings, and oversees antenna structure registration, marking, and lighting compliance.  CIPD works closely with tribal governments and State historic preservation officers, as well as other federal agencies, to coordinate on tower siting.

 

Management Team

Joel Taubenblatt, Division Chief
Catherine Matraves, Deputy Chief
Betsy McIntyre, Deputy Chief
Jeffrey Steinberg, Deputy Chief
Peter Trachtenberg, Deputy Chief
Amy Brett, Associate Chief
Aaron Goldschmidt, Associate Chief
Michael Janson, Associate Chief
Ziad Sleem, Associate Chief (Technical)
Pramesh Jobanputra, Assistant Chief
Erica Rosenberg, Assistant Chief

You can contact the Competition & Infrastructure Policy Division at (202) 418-1310.

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Updated: 
Wednesday, August 24, 2016