Wireless Operators May Receive Tax Credits
Washington is considering granting wireless network providers and other businesses that provide broadband tax credits in an attempt to bolster the U.S. economy. In its current form, the proposal would give a 10% tax credit to companies that build high-speed Internet in rural and under-served areas. Those companies can get an additional 10% break if they build faster Internet services. The idea had originally been limited to wired broadband providers, but now includes tax breaks for wireless broadband providers, such as AT&T Mobility, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA. The exact details of the stimulus package have not been finalized.
FCC Girds for Privacy Battle with Internet Firms
The FCC is prepared to propose new rules governing the use of consumer data by broadband providers, both wired and wireless. The proposal is meant to help protect the data generated by millions of people who use internet services every day.
FCC Pushes Privacy Rules Forward
The FCC on Thursday followed through on plans to tackle consumer privacy. The agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to govern the use of consumer data by broadband providers, both wired and wireless.
Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated.
School Internet Plan Would Raise Phone Taxes 17.2%
The FCC will propose to increase spending on school internet services, and the money will come from a surge in taxes on wired and wireless telephone bills. Under the FCC's proposal, which is not yet public, it will increase the annual cap on school internet spending from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion.
T-Mobile Promo to Refund Smartphone Sales Tax
T-Mobile today said it will refund the sales tax of smartphone purchases. The limited promotion is available for new devices purchased on a T-Mobile equipment installment plan and associated with either a T-Mobile One or Simple Choice Unlimited 4G LTE service plan.
Finally the US does this
Will this reduce my bill and improve services?
One thing ATT could do is improve their 3G reception (just improve on their existing coverage rather than sparsely expand into new ones)