CTIA Spanks San Franciso for Labeling Rule

In a move that can only be described as a bitter reaction to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' recent decision to require mobile phone retailers to post warnings about radiation levels, CTIA says it will no longer hold conferences in the City by the Bay. 

The wireless trade association issued the following statement:

"(The) Board of Supervisors' action has led us to decide to relocate our show," said CTIA Vice President of Public Affairs John Walls in a statement. "We are disappointed to announce that the 2010 CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in October will be the last one we have in San Francisco for the foreseeable future."

CTIA says the show is responsible for pumping many millions into the SF Bay Area economy. There will be a final show in October in San Fransisco, and then perhaps the show will relocate to Los Angeles or other points unknown.

Regardless of the SF labeling rule, which CTIA fears will scare consumers, there isn't likely to be a decline in mobile phone usage given how entrenched they are in the culture and how people are increasingly dependent on them. Perhaps more likely, CTIA is trying to send a message to other cities not to follow suit.