MyWireless.org Communications and Policy Update
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Inc. published a good article earlier in the month: An Arcane Tax That's Probably Costing Your Company Too Much. Check it out if you haven’t already.
We organized a Change.org petition: Tell Congress to Permanently Ban Internet Access Taxes. There are currently over 43K signers. Please feel free to sign, spread the word and share!
In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, we put together a short infographic and accompanying blog based in on our 2013 National Tax Survey findings. Check it out and feel free to share and/or build your own commentary on it.
In the coming weeks and months we will be putting together infographics on some of our other surveys and key states. Next up we will be putting one together ahead of Tax Day to highlight some of the findings from our National Tax Survey. I will circulate it as soon as it goes live.
Here are some highlight pieces from various ally organizations that I wanted to share. We’re always looking for articles/op-eds, etc… to showcase to our network – keep them coming!:
Don't Tax My Child via Kristal High, Editor-in-chief at Politic365 in The Huffington Post. (This is great personal example that showcases how the Internet (and wireless) has become an essential aspect of everyday life and why the Internet tax moratorium should be permanently extended.)
Thousands petition Congress to ban Internet access taxes via Josh Peterson at Watchdog.org. (Good article highlighting our Change.org petition and the Internet Tax Freedom Act bills along with the Wireless Tax Fairness Act.)
A couple of March publication releases to make everyone aware of:
· Citizens Against Government Waste released their new book, Telecom Unplugged: Ushering in a New Digital Era. A thorough examination of the telecom policy world – from broadband to spectrum to taxes – and everything in between.
· Tax Foundation released the 2014 edition of Facts & Figures 2014: How Does Your State Compare? Fantastic resource for all things tax/spending stats by state. See table 28 for the breakdown on state and local wireless rates.
Augusta is Listening – The Fight Against a Phone Tax Increase on Mainers is Heating Up
Happy 25th Birthday, Web!
Women and Wireless
Wireless in the news:
It's Time to Ditch Your Wallet for Mobile Payments
Is it time to ditch your actual wallet for a mobile one? Check out this Mobile Minute piece: http://on.mash.to/1dzaApp via Mashable
The future of health care is social, and techie: http://usat.ly/Pk826c via USA Today
Smartphone apps link with hearing aids to improve hearing, connect with technology
Smartphone apps can link with hearing aids to help people with impaired hearing pump up the volume on their devices: http://fxn.ws/1dIttGl via Fox News
As Most Avid Smartphone Users, Latinos Want Lower Wireless Taxes: http://bit.ly/NapqZ5 via Politic365
An Activity Tracker for Seniors
This wearable device isn’t for fitness fanatics. Instead, it’s designed for older people who want to stay at home: http://bit.ly/1dIvr9Q via MIT Technology Review
Did you know that nearly 40% of U.S. homes are wireless-only homes?: http://bit.ly/1idcsVN via CTIA - The Wireless Association
United States and China are Leading the M-Health Revolution: http://bit.ly/OpGqMi via The Brookings Institution
How Our Smartphones Are Affecting The Way We Shop
Think your smartphone is all about texting and restaurant reviews? Think again. It's impacting the way you shop, too. http://huff.to/OO9cGt via The Huffington Post
Nielsen Says Most People Have Heard of Wearables, One in Six Actually Wearing One
Sure, you've heard of wearables. But are you actually wearing one? http://on.recode.net/OOjmXH via Re/code