WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the rapid growth of wireless technology as the preferred communications platform, and the increasing opportunities that result from open networks, a new coalition called Mobile Future has been formed to provide a forum for consumers, manufacturers, content creators, social interest groups, mobile applications developers and others to help shape the future development of mobile communications in the United States.
Mobile Future will debut at the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) wireless industry conference in early April. The organization will focus on the business, technological and social aspects of mobile communications, with a goal of continuing the market-driven policies that have encouraged growth and investment in innovation
"American consumers have been well-served by the robust competition in the wireless market," said Mobile Future Chairman Jonathan Spalter. "This has resulted in lower prices, the emergence of new technologies, consumer choice and 80 percent market penetration. "But we are still in the very early days of mobile technology, and the limits are only just being explored," Spalter said. "To assure its continued evolution and innovation as a force for economic, cultural, scientific and community advancement, all stakeholders who care about mobile technologies will benefit by learning from each other. Mobile Future aims to be an open educational platform to facilitate the sharing of information, a resource for policymakers, and a voice for consumers and the industry."
Spalter, formerly chief information officer of the US Information Agency, CEO of Snocap and a senior manager of Vivendi Universal in France, is founder of Public Insight, an investment research company.
The growing roster of Mobile Future members includes small and large businesses, non-profits and individuals interested in the mobile future. They are Alligator Planet, Analog Protocol, Asian Business Association, Asian Women in Business, AT&T, City Capture, Climate Cartoons, Goomzee, HTTP://, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, League of United Latin American Citizens, Mobile Commons, National Association of Neighborhoods, National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Platform Equity, Politics-360, Rivada, Scanbuy, University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Telehealth Research and Policy and Zuku.
In addition to Spalter, Mobile Future’s Board of Advisors includes former FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy, a partner in the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Diane Smith, business affairs director for IPTV firm Avail Media, Inc; Hiram "Art" Contreras, former assistant chief of the Houston police department and a U.S. Marshall for the Southern District of Texas; Jo-Anne Basile, a business consultant who for 14 years was a senior executive with CTIA; and Mobile Future’s executive director Teri Rucker, a journalist who reported for Dow Jones and National Journal’s Technology Daily before serving in public affairs capacities for AT&T and the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee.