MyWireless.org Communications and Policy Update
Monday, December 1, 2014
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Communications and Policy Update
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday!
We’re down to the final month of 2014 and 11 days until the Internet tax moratorium expires unless it gets extended – either permanently or temporarily into the next Congress.
All of our focus turns to mounting pressure on getting ITFA taken care of and not letting it expire. I greatly appreciate your efforts on the issue this year and urge you to continue the push during the final few weeks of Lame Duck that Congress is in DC.
Speaking of efforts to call attention to ITFA, MyWireless.org recently released a new video that takes a look at two brothers (Bob and John Riegel) who running the family business from over 100 miles away with wireless/Internet making it all possible. I encourage you to check it out, share, and use as an example of the value of wireless and Internet access, not just in consumers’ daily lives, but also for small businesses.
MyWireless.org is also running a Change.org petition in support of permanently extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act. 132K signers and counting…
Separately, we will be releasing the findings of our 2014 Asian American consumer survey soon. Another great resource to point to regarding the importance of wireless in daily lives and the desire to keep taxes and fees low on wireless and Internet access.
*I also want to highlight Progressive Policy Institute’s new study: Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband. Per the findings:
“We have calculated that the average annual increase in state and local fees levied on U.S. wireline and wireless broadband subscribers will be $67 and $72, respectively. And the annual increase in federal fees per household will be roughly $17. When you add it all up, reclassification could add a whopping $17 billion in new user fees on top of the planned $1.5 billion extra to fund the E-Rate program. The higher fees would come on top of the adverse impact on consumers of less investment and slower innovation that would result from reclassification.”
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