Monday, October 03, 2011

U.S. House to Take Action Against Discriminatory Wireless Taxes

CommDaily reports that the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to soon pass the Wireless Tax Fairness Act (HR-1002). This is encouraging news.

We have previously described the economic dislocations and consumer burdens as well as inequities resulting from heavy and often discriminatory taxation of wireless. As I mentioned in my blog post "Calling for a Moratorium on New Discriminatory Taxes," the legislation would impose a five-year moratorium on any new discriminatory taxes imposed on wireless services by state and local governments.

The House bill is sponsored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren. CommDaily also reports that a Senate Finance Committee hearing has been requested for its companion bill (S-543).