Cell Tax Ban Proposed Again
A handful of U.S. Senators and Representatives have proposed new legislation that would ban state and local governments from imposing any new taxes on wireless goods and services for a period of five years. Legislation similar to this has been proposed in the past. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden Olympia Snowe introduced the Wireless Tax Fairness Act to the Senate, while Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Trent Franks introduced similar legislation to the house. "The current landscape of excessive and discriminatory taxes on wireless services discourages its adoption and use, especially with lower income families." said Senator Snowe in a prepared statement. "As wireless communications become a necessity for families and businesses nationwide, it is imperative wireless consumers are protected from the burdens of exorbitant fees, surcharges, and general business taxes." The CTIA expressed its support of the legislation. CTIA president and CEO Steve Largent said, "In light of today's challenging economic conditions, it is hard to understand why the average wireless consumer is being charged more than 16% in taxes and fees when other taxable goods and services are only 7.4%. When you add the fact that policymakers are looking for ways to make affordable broadband accessible for all Americans, it's incomprehensible why 47 states and the District of Columbia charge their wireless consumers a rate that exceeds the general rates for other taxable goods and services."
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.
Lawmakers Revive WiFi Innovation Act
Senators Marco Rubio and Cory Booker today reintroduced the WiFi Innovation Act with the goal of opening up more access to spectrum in the 5GHz band. The act was first introduced in June 2014.
Senators Revive Wireless Innovation Act
A quintet of Senators recently re-introduced the Wireless Innovation Act of 2015, which asks the federal government to find 200 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband. The act was sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio, Roger Wicker, Kelly Ayotte, Cory Gardner, and Ron Johnson.
T-Mobile Ditches Separate Taxes and Fees
T-Mobile today announced that its plans will now include all taxes and fees in the advertised price. The company's T-Mobile One plan is included in this policy, and the price will stay the same, but now include all taxes and fees.
Patriot Act Expires, NSA Phone Data Collection Ends
The Patriot Act expired today and with it the NSA's authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk. Members of the Senate deliberated over the Act furiously on Sunday as some wanted to extend its powers and others wanted to kill it altogether.
Hmm...I disagree with this
Blame South Carolina for starting a war that the South lost. I cannot believe we are having this discussion in 2011. If wireless consumers are already being taxed at twice the rate of other consumer g...
Joby Dick said:...
I consider myself a Libertarian, so it may sound odd that I would be against a moratorium on taxes, but I don't feel it is just for the federal government to impose upon a State's right to tax. I understand the inte