Introduction of ITFA in Senate, Wireless Wearables, Investigating Your Cellphone Bill and More.

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Senators Thune and Wyden Introduce Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act

For 17 years, we haven’t been taxed on our Internet access, and Senators Thune and Wyden are working to make that permanent. via USA Today

Wireless Wearable Changing for the Future and the Better

Wearable technology continues to change and innovate to become more personalized, efficient, accurate and seamless for consumers. via Wired

Breaking Down Your Cellphone Bill in Massachusetts

Tax expert Scott Mackey explains Massachusetts wireless consumers monthly bills and what happens to those taxes and fees. via WWLP

Florida Moves to Reduce Communications Sales Tax

Florida is the nation’s 4th highest wireless tax rate, which is why Governor Rick Scott  trying to  cut the tax by $470 million, and getting a lot of support from Floridians. via Sunshine State News

 


Congress Moves Forward to Make Internet Access Tax Free Forever

Today, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 38 other bipartisan cosponsors introduced the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act (ITFFA). House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the companion bill (Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), H.R. 235) in the House of Representatives last month.

Internet access is increasingly essential, especially as wireless devices and services become even more integrated into our daily lives. Taxes on Internet access would serve as a barrier to broadband adoption and the vital benefits it offers. For the past 17 years, your Internet access has been tax free, which helped lead to the widespread adoption and benefits we enjoy today.

We applaud the Senate’s action, and encourage Congress to move quickly to make Internet access tax free forever.


Wireless Data Growth into 2019, Tech Helping the Blind, The Comm Act Turns 19 and More.

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Wireless Data Growth Caused by More Smartphone Users

According to Cisco, worldwide wireless traffic will grow ten times today’s numbers by 2019 due to the growing market of wearables and smartphone users. via Re/code

Wearables Leading the Blind

Oxford University researchers developed a new wearable to help blind consumers see again using 3D camera technology to detect depth perception and facial recognition. via NBC News

Millennials Changing the Way We Vote

Young people don’t have the best track record for going to polling places to vote, so it makes sense that nearly half of 18 to 34 year olds think that an online voting system would encourage them to vote. via The Hill

The Telecommunications Act Turns 19

Telecommunications and wireless are constantly evolving, but the Telecom Act was last updated in 1996. It’s time for The Telecom Act to join the 21st century with a #CommActUpdate! via Energy & Commerce Committee

 


High Wireless Taxes in NY, Saving Your Phone’s Battery and More. 

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New Yorkers Paying Third-Highest Wireless Taxes

With their state having the third-highest wireless tax rate in the country, New Yorkers are paying over 23 percent on their wireless bills – that’s 6 percent more than the average rate! via Watchdog.org

Senate Version of ITFA to be Introduced

Senator Thune is reintroducing the Senate version of the Internet Tax Freedom Act in the next few weeks to hopefully make the moratorium on Internet access taxes permanent. via Multichannel

FCC Spectrum Auction 97 is Now Closed

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai showed just how important mobile broadband spectrum is by highlighting the gross winning bids from Auction 97 – nearly $45 billion! via @AjitPaiFCC 

Save Your Phone’s Battery This Winter

Science shows that your phone battery will run out quicker in the cold. Here are some tips to help keep your phone charged longer this winter. via Time


Designing Tech at All Ages, Proposed Wireless Tax Relief in Florida, and More.

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90 Year Old Woman Still Designing Tech Products

For Barbara Beskind, solving problems with tech design for people of all ages is something that she takes pride in. via NPR

Florida Proposes Cellphone, TV Tax Cut

Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed a tax cut for Florida wireless customers that would save approximately $470 million annually and cut the cellphone tax rate by 3.6 percent. via The Washington Post

Pennsylvania 911 Fee Debate

With Pennsylvania consumers paying one of the highest 911 rates, the debate to raise this fee without examining how the funds are currently distributed should be monitored closely.

Prevent Internet Tax Discrimination

The Institute for Policy Innovation discusses the importance of Congress passing PITFA in order to prevent discriminatory taxes on our Internet access. via IPI