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WIPP's legislative strategy is to have the greatest possible impact for small business owners. We focus on our economic principles and craft a succinct small business message that we bring directly to members of Congress, the White House and Federal Agencies. Your guidance and advocacy efforts together with political reality allows us to move our agenda forward effectively.
Small firms pay disproportionately more for telecommunications
services than other firms when operating their businesses. Broadband service is
vital for small businesses. According to the SBA Office of Advocacy, the small business
adoption rate of broadband was at 90% when the study was conducted in April 2010.
However, price and service discrepancies still exist for small businesses in rural
Women and Minority Media Ownership
The government and private industry should work together
to increase the number of commercial television and radio stations owned by women
and minorities. A major impediment to minority/women-owned stations is access to
Access to Broadband Service Nationwide
Broadband deployment is critical to a pro-growth economic
policy for women-owned businesses. The current divide between urban and rural area
access to broadband is simply too wide. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
should continue its programs to expand broadband access.
Wireless services are taxed at over double the average
sales tax. Between 2007 and 2010 wireless taxes increased at a rate of three times
the amount of any other goods or services. Considering that wireless access is a
business necessity, Congress should enact legislation that prevents these taxes
from increasing at unsustainable rates. WIPP supports efforts to prevent any additional
taxes on wireless services.
The following is a list of legislation that WIPP is actively following: