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remarks at CTIA emphasizing the importance of maintaining the openness of the mobile Internet. But there are several key distinctions worth noting about mobile broadband that suggest it would be a mistake to simply take rules designed for a wire-based network and dump them on mobile networks. First, the mobile broadband environment is dynamic. This was, of course, a key reason why the Commission exempted wireless providers from many of the 2010 Open Internet rules. It explained that “[m]obile broadband is an earlier-stage platform than fixed broadband, and it is rapidly evolving.” The proliferation of smartphones, dedicated mobile devices, and hundreds of thousands of apps available across multiple platforms testifies to the pace of change in this sector of the Internet ecosystem.