CTIA Statement on the House Energy & Commerce Committee Approval of the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act and the FCC Process Reform Act
Following the House Energy & Commerce Committee approval of the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act and the FCC Process Reform Act, I said:
“The wireless industry thanks Congressman Guthrie and Congresswoman Matsui for their leadership in winning bipartisan support for the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act. Their bill provides a creative way to repurpose federal spectrum that isn’t being utilized or used efficiently and in doing so will help the commercial mobile industry gain access to spectrum it needs to maintain America’s place as the world’s leader in wireless broadband service. This is an innovative bill and it deserves the support of the full House.”
“CTIA also congratulates Chairman Walden on passage of the FCC Process Reform Act. We share his view that a streamlined, more predictable regulatory process will enhance regulatory certainty and promote economic growth, innovation and job creation. With this in mind, we are appreciative that Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Eshoo were able to reach agreement on the bill and hope it will be approved by the full House at the earliest possible date.”
Today, CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent and the CEOs of seven of America’s largest wireless companies joined to write House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to urge prompt action to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act’s moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access.
Originally enacted in 1998, ITFA has been extended several times but is due to expire on November 1, 2014 unless Congress takes action. The letter also calls for approval of the Wireless Tax Fairness Act and the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act.
As is the case with an extension of ITFA, action on these measures is critical to providing fair and rational tax policies for America’s broadband economy.
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