House Bans New Cell Taxes for 5 Years
The House of Representatives has approved a measure that prevents state and local governments from adding any new taxes to cell phones bills for a period of five years. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, sponsor of the legislation, said, "We need to encourage the development and adoption of wireless broadband, not tax it out of existence." Lofgren pointed out that the rate at which wireless services are taxed often exceeds the taxes levied on goods such as alcohol and tobacco. The tax rate on wireless services varies, but the legislation cited the 26.8% tax rate in Baltimore, the 20.4% tax rate in New York City, and the 19.9% tax rate in Omaha, Neb., as extreme examples of how out of control wireless taxes are. In response, the CTIA Wireless Association said, "On behalf of the 300 million wireless customers in the U.S., CTIA applauds the Wireless Tax Fairness Act's lead sponsors. Today's vote is a crucial step toward providing wireless subscribers with some much needed relief by putting a five-year freeze on new, discriminatory taxes and fees on their monthly bills. In light of the challenging economy, we hope the U.S. Senate moves swiftly to pass the companion bill." Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Olympia Snowe of Maine have introduced similar legislation in the Senate.
Nov 7, 2019
T-Mobile today announced plans to offer three new programs offering 5G service for free to certain groups, or cheaply for everyone else. The company is promising to launch the programs when and if it is allowed to merge with Sprint.
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.
Nov 15, 2019
Google has updated its Maps app with the ability to speak aloud the name and/or address of your destination in the local language when traveling abroad. The feature is designed to be used when hailing a taxi or asking a local for directions.
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.
While I agree.....
no ban on federal taxes?
How about a cap?