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Support the Internet Tax Freedom Act to Keep Internet Affordable

As part of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) Coalition, 29 bipartisan groups sent a letter to members of Congress asking them to support the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086) and the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act (S. 1431). Those proposals are aimed at making permanent a moratorium on Internet access taxes, which [...]

CTIA Statement on the U.S. House Introduction of the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act

I issued the following statement this afternoon: “CTIA greatly appreciates the leadership of Congressmen Lamar Smith and Steve Cohen, who yesterday introduced the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act. The Smith-Cohen bill will provide sensible, ‘bright-line’ rules for how digital goods should be treated by state taxing authorities and protect consumers from multiple, discriminatory [...]

Wireless Industry Unites to Call for Action on Key Consumer Tax Issues

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 Originally enacted in 1998, ITFA has been extended several [...]

CTIA Statement on Senator McCaskill’s Proposed Legislation on Fraudulent Robocalls

I issued the following statement this afternoon: “We understand Senator McCaskill’s desire to crack down on robocallers, but the assertion that the wireless industry isn’t doing enough to help is simply wrong. The wireless industry has a long history of working with the FCC and FTC to investigate and stop fraudulent robocalls and we stand [...]

Unlocked Devices: The Technological Realities

We’ve already addressed the topic of unlocking devices in FCC filings (such as this one) and blog posts, including this one that offers a list of unlocked devices available today. But as an engineer who has dealt with these issues at Bell Labs from the industry’s early days, I felt it was important that I [...]

CTIA Statement On Introduction of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act in the House of Representatives

After Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-7) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18) introduced the U.S. House companion bill, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act to the Senate’s Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act of 2013 Act, I said: “Chairman Goodlatte and Representative Eshoo have been champions for the digital economy since the Internet Tax Freedom Act was first enacted [...]

CTIA Statement on Introduction of Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act of 2013 in the U.S. Senate

After U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act of 2013 Act, I said: “An affordable internet is vital to millions of American consumers and businesses, and Senators Wyden and Thune remain at the forefront of preserving this critical access to opportunity and information by introducing the [...]

CTIA Statement After the Introduction of Digital Goods & Services Tax Fairness Act of 2013 in the Senate

After U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act of 2013, I said: “Senators Wyden and Thune continue to demonstrate their leadership by introducing this bill to preserve affordable digital goods and services. From apps to e-books, consumers rely on and benefit from digital goods [...]

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