MyWireless.org Communications and Policy Update
Friday, May 2, 2014
Communications and Policy Update
Here is the monthly communications and policy update for May. April was a busy month for all, particularly for those who work heavily in the tax space. May looks to be the same.
A lot of great activity in April, highlighting the Internet Tax Freedom Act bills and the looming expiration of the Internet tax moratorium. The closer we get to the summer months, the more urgent in becomes for Congress to take action to extend the moratorium. Thank you for highlighting the issue and I look forward to working with you to keep the drum beat going on it.
We also have a great opportunity to make noise on wireless taxes and the Wireless Tax Fairness Act legislation. Same can be said for digital goods taxes and the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act bills. If one of these key issues gets traction on the Hill, it creates a possible vehicle for all.
This month we will be fielding our 2014 Annual Consumer Survey. I will make sure to give you a preview of the findings and encourage you to spread the word on the results once we officially post them.
Prior to Tax Day, a bipartisan group of 29 organizations sent a letter to House Judiciary and Senate Finance Committee leadership, urging permanent extension of the Internet tax moratorium. Here is the release and link to the letter from the ITFA Coalition. Thanks to all who participated in this effort. It has received a lot of praise on the Hill. We will look for more opportunities like this to maximize on the bipartisan nature of the issues we support.
Our Change.org petition currently stands at nearly 45K signers: Tell Congress to Permanently Ban Internet Access Taxes. Please feel free to circulate amongst your audience and spread the word!
We posted an infographic in the lead up to Tax Day to bring attention to the issue of wireless taxes. The statistics came from our National Tax Survey, completed at the end of last year. Feel free to share:
We are going to continue developing visuals like this in the coming months. Next up, we will be putting one together that highlights the key findings ahead of our Asian American Consumer Survey.
Here are some highlight pieces from various organizations that I wanted to share. We’re always looking for articles/op-eds, etc… to showcase to our network – keep them coming!:
Thousands sign petition for Congress to permanently ban Internet access taxes via Josh Peterson of Watchdog.org in Fox News
American Consumer Institute blog: Taxing the Internet is a Bad Idea
Heartland Institute blog: Wide Support for Internet Access Tax Moratorium
Mobile Future infographic: Wireless Taxes, How Much Are We Paying?
Reboot Illinois blog: Top 10 States with the Highest Wireless Tax Rate
A couple of April survey releases to be aware of:
· Pew Research Center survey: Older Adults and Technology Use
· Nielsen survey: Smartphone Milestone: Half of Mobile Subscribers Ages 55+ Own Smartphones
· Gallup survey: In U.S., Mobile Tech Aids Interpersonal Communication Most
My Mobile is Personal, Please Don’t Tax It! (Guest blog by Kristal High, Editor-in-chief, Politic365)
Broad Support for Continuing the Ban on Internet Access Taxes
Tell the Maine Senate: Vote Yes on LD 1479 as Passed by the House!
Tell Governor LePage to SIGN LD 1479 as Passed by the Legislature!
Seniors are Embracing Wireless More than Ever Before
Help STOP a Potential $67 Million Phone Tax Increase in Maine!
Wireless in the news:
What’s the future of smartphones? Think personal assistant: http://cnb.cx/1hcdaie via CNBC
Location-Accuracy: Finding Those in Need: April WOW Insider Interview
Wireless plays a big role in the 400k+ wireless 911 calls that Americans make every day. CTIA's Brian Josef has more: http://bit.ly/1sdLse5 via CTIA - The Wireless Association
What You Should Know about Text-to-911
It's National 911 Education Month, and CTIA is offering up tips on the Text-to-911 service: http://bit.ly/1m2h7M6 via CTIA - The Wireless Association
Senior Living Community Goes Wireless
At Brookdale Senior Living, mobile tech makes medical deliveries and assisted living services possible for residents: http://ubm.io/1jFg17Y via InformationWeek
Mobile apps enable citizen engagement and better services: http://bit.ly/1kpRIvY, via StateTech
Are you and your wireless devices prepared for emergencies?
CTIA has tips on how to prep: http://bit.ly/1iDuzWb via CTIA - The Wireless Association
Say “Ah” for Temperature-Taking Tech
Kids of digitally connected parents may soon say "ah" for temperature-taking tech like this: http://on.recode.net/1jrziXH via Re/code
World Wide Web Timeline
Pew Internet compiled this impressive timeline of the World Wide Web since 1989. Check out major milestones here: http://bit.ly/1gNN0mY via Pew Research Center
PayPal Is Piloting A Wireless Smartwatch Payment System
How this company's pilot program would use your wireless smartwatch as a payment system: http://bit.ly/1fmAH6g via Fast Company
Wireless 911 Calls: Remember Location, Location, Location
During 911 calls, responders can find you using your location info, but it's much faster when you give exact location: http://bit.ly/1rKALPc via CTIA - The Wireless Association
Wireless Emergency Alerts
As these big storms make their way across the US, a reminder of the importance of wireless emergency alerts: http://bit.ly/1n0dWr9 via MyWireless.org