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E-LABEL Act which Allows ICT Innovation Through Use of eLabels for Device Information

Arlington, VA (July 10, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauded the bipartisan leadership of Senators Rockefeller and Fischer in introducing the Enhance Labeling, Accessing, and Branding of Electronic Licenses Act of 2014 (E-LABEL Act).

TIA, which is the leading voice for the modernization and improvement of device approval processes for ICT equipment through such allowances as electronic labeling (eLabeling), both in the United States and internationally – believes that the E-LABEL Act would enhance the ability of ICT manufacturers to innovate and compete while increasing access to device information for consumers.

“TIA members are progressively looking towards innovative industrial methods that provide a way to differentiate and improve the performance of their products,” said TIA President Grant Seiffert. “We believe that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) requirement for manufacturers to either etch or print mandatory regulatory markings on the exterior of devices unnecessarily increases costs and limits industrial and aesthetic design options, while ineffectively conveying important information to consumers about their devices.”

Seiffert continued, “Through the E-LABEL Act, device manufacturers will have the ability to use eLabels, easing technical and logistical burdens on manufacturers while increasing countless American consumers’ ability to access easily readable and prominently displayed information about the devices they use every day.”

To read TIA’s letter to Senators Rockefeller and Fischer in its entirety, please visit http://www.tiaonline.org/sites/default/files/pages/TIA%20Letter%20re%20E-LABEL%20Act%20070914_0.pdf.

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.

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