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."
Sep 27, 2018
The FCC is stripping power away from state and local governments in order to facilitate the installment of 5G infrastructure. This week the agency moved forward on an earlier proposal that sets limits on fees municipalities can charge for cell site applications, as well as the timeframe in which those applications need to be approved.
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.
Sep 6, 2018
The FCC wants to ensure that wireless companies don't hit any unnecessary hurdles thrown in the way by state or local governments as they build out their 5G networks. As it works today, carriers typically have to apply locally within towns, cities, and states to install new cell sites.
May 15, 2018
Security, not trade, is the issue, say a handful of Senators who today pushed back against President Donald Trump's efforts to help ZTE. The U.S.
Nov 16, 2018
Recently published research suggests the four major wireless carriers are throttling video traffic and three Senate Democrats want to know what's going on. Senators Edward Markey (Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), and Ron Wyden (Ore.) sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless about the allegations with a demand for a formal explanation from each.
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