Sprint Agrees to Pay $330M In Tax Settlement
Sprint has agreed to pay the state of New York $330 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit filed way back in 2011. New York claimed that Sprint failed to collect more than $100 million in state and local taxes over a period of 10 years. "Sprint knew exactly how New York sales tax law applied to its plans — yet for years the company flagrantly broke the law, cheating the state and its localities out of tax dollars that should have been invested in our communities,” said New York State Attorney General A.G. Underwood. “Now, Sprint will pay the price with this record-setting settlement." The issue came to light in 2011 when a whistleblower reported the fraud to the state. The whistleblower will receive $62.7 million under New York law, which entitles them to a share of the recovered funds. Sprint said it was pleased to have resolved the matter.
California Proposes to Tax Text Messages to Fund Service for Low-Income Residents
Dec 12, 2018
California state legislators have suggested the state implement a tax on text messages in order to help fund the Public Purpose Program. The PPP is similar to the Mobility Fund operated by the federal government.
22 Attorneys General Sue to Block FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal
Jan 16, 2018
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today, along with the attorneys general of 20 other states and the District of Columbia, filed a petition to block the FCC's attempt to repeal net neutrality. The FCC voted in December to scrap Obama-era rules that prohibit internet service providers from prioritizing some web sites and services over others.
T-Mobile Promo to Refund Smartphone Sales Tax
Jan 30, 2017
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.
US Internet Corps Sue California Over Net Neutrality Law
Oct 3, 2018
Four major internet company lobbying organizations have filed a lawsuit against California seeking to block the state's new net neutrality law. California recently signed into law strict rules governing internet providers to prevent throttling, blocking, and paid prioritization.
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