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Tuesday, July 01, 2014  
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Communications and Policy Update


Here is the monthly communications and policy update for July.


Great success last month with the House Judiciary Committee passage of the ‘Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act’ by a vote of 30-4. There was a lot of great advocacy and commentary on the issue in the lead up to, during, and after the committee vote through action alerts, articles, blogs, op-eds and support letters. These collective activities brought significant attention (and education) to the issue and no doubt helped encourage passage and discussion of next steps for the bill on the House floor.


As for next steps, the goal is now to get the bill to the House floor for a clean vote as soon as possible. Increased commentary and discussion of the bill, particularly in the states and districts as members go home, will definitely help get it across the finish line. As for the Senate side, the same call for swift and urgent action to move and pass the bill needs to be made. Time is running out and the Senate needs to act to avoid the moratorium’s expiration at the beginning of November.


Along the way, it is also good to bring attention back to the other pro consumer bills in the House and Senate that are still waiting in the wings – the ‘Wireless Tax Fairness Act’ and‘Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act.’ Both have broad bipartisan support and need to be passed this Congress.


Speaking of the digital goods issue, we have a new Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act petition up on Almost 65,000 signers so far - spread the word. We will be posting a petition on the Wireless Tax Fairness Act soon as well.




Last week we released the data from our 2014 Annual Consumer Survey and posted a blog on the findings.  Check out the survey results/blog and share.

Next week we will be posting the results of our 2014 African American Consumer Survey. Be on the lookout for it.


Network highlights:


There was a lot of great coalition content over the past month. Here is a small sample:


·         Phoenix Center op-ed in The HillCongressional gridlock threatens to tax the Internet


·         Americans for Tax Reform letter: ATR in conjunction with Digital Liberty Urge House Representatives to Co-Sponsor PITFA


·         National Taxpayers Union letter: NTU extends support for H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA) 


·         Citizens Against Government Waste blog(and letter): Tick Tock Goes The Clock – But H.R. 3086 Passes First Hurdle


·         Institute for Policy Innovation blog: Movement of the Permanent Internet Tax Moratorium


·         Tax Foundation blog: House Judiciary Committee Passes the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act


· article in Human EventsPermanent internet tax ban moves forward in the House 


·         Information Technology and Innovation Foundation blog: Misinformation in the Internet Tax Freedom Act Debate 


·         Politic365 article: Wireless an Essential Service for Minorities; Increased Taxation Could Hinder Use


·         US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce op-ed in The Latin PostThe Mobile Future of Hispanic Business


·         Franklin Center op-ed in Roll CallCongress Needs To Act To Keep The Internet Tax-Free blogs:


Why We Can’t Let the Internet Tax Freedom Act Expire


House Judiciary Committee to Move on Internet Tax Freedom


New Survey Shows Wireless Consumer Satisfaction is High, as is Opposition to Excessive Taxation 


Wireless in the news:


The Internet of You

As wearable devices get better-looking and more powerful, we’ll probably trust them to monitor more of our lives:  via MIT Technology Review


Mobile Health: Prediction and Prevention: June WOW Wireless at Work

Watch this for a glimpse into the future mHealth, including predicting & preventing disease or health-related events:  via CTIA – The Wireless Association


A Look at the Mobile Emergency Alert System

A look at the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system:  via Boston Globe


Lawmakers push to ban taxes on Internet service
Anti-Internet tax bill to move in House  via The Hill


Internet Freedom Lives

Good news: The House Judiciary Committee plans to (finally) mark up the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act this week:  via The Wall Street Journal


Rural clinics increasingly turn to telemedicine

Physicians in rural clinics are increasingly turning to telemedicine to connect with & consult other physicians:   via The Associated Press


Connect Your Health

Wearables (wireless devices worn as clothing/accessories) are hot items, but did you know they can also save your life?  via CTIA – The Wireless Association


Smartphone Innovation Is About Seniors and mHealth via Medical Marking & Media


Will Congress Keep The Internet Tax Free?:  via Forbes


Parent’s Guide to Mobile Phones Now Available

For tips on to educating kids about responsible wireless use, check out the "Parent’s Guide to Mobile Phones": via CTIA – The Wireless Association


These Scientists Just Sent Smells Via Smartphone

Just can't wait to deliver the beautiful bouquet you bought her? Well, scientists just sent smells via smartphone: via TIME


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