Tag Archive: wireless

  • Florida Governor Rick Scott Proposes $470 Million in Communications Services Tax Relief

    and | February 25, 2015 | Add a comment

    Great news for consumers in Florida: Governor Rick Scott has proposed $470 million in communications services tax relief.  Governor Scott’s proposed budget would reduce the communications services tax for mobile, cable services and non-residential landlines by 39 percent. Furthermore, his proposed budget would also reduce the communications services tax for satellite … »

  • Like Your Cell Phone? That’ll Be An Extra 17 Percent

    Since Americans have become more mobile the demand for wireless access has increased. However, high tax burdens on wireless services have made it increasingly difficult for consumers to pay their cell phone bills. In a recently released report, Wireless Taxation in the United States 2014, Scott Mackey and Joseph Henchman of … »

  • The Importance of Unlicensed Spectrum

    | April 16, 2014 | Add a comment

    Technology can quickly outpace regulatory frameworks, and a new example of this phenomenon is the rapid expansion of WiFi-enabled devices without a concurrent increase in the fixed amount of unlicensed spectrum. Spectrum is the full frequency range of radio waves available for wireless communications, and WiFi operates in the unlicensed … »

  • States Can Promote Next-Generation Wireless by Removing Regulatory Barriers

    | April 3, 2014 | Add a comment

    By: Seth L. Cooper State lawmakers should enact policies they believe to be sound, expedient and consistent with current federal law. Good state policymaking should not get sidetracked by speculations about future federal agency actions, as in the case with the FCC and cell tower sitings. Federal law and regulations … »

  • New House Bill Takes Major Strides in Overcoming Washington’s Wireless Regulatory Hurdles

    | April 2, 2014 | Add a comment

    On March 28, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 2175, a significant step forward in promoting the Washington’s telecommunications competitiveness. HB 2175 was fashioned to alleviate regulatory restrictions on wireless expansion in Washington state. Under current law, wireless providers must submit applications, pay large fees and obtain permits … »

  • Wireless Tax Burden Harms US Economy

    | February 28, 2014 | Add a comment

    Since the Federal Communications Commission approved mobile devices for public consumption in 1983, the use of wireless phones has increased by 25 to 35 percent per year. Today, mobile technology is dispersed across more than 90 percent of the U.S. population and the number of cell phones in America exceeds … »

  • U.S. Broadband Success: the Proof is in the Piping

    | May 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

    Last week, the New York Times published an article quoting Professor Susan Crawford claiming that “monopolists who resist innovation” currently dominate the broadband space. That same day, the FCC released its Internet Access Service Report announcing that the total number of broadband connections hit 100 million—indicating that broadband providers are … »

  • Susan Crawford’s flawed argument about broadband competition

    | January 14, 2013 | Add a comment

    Susan Crawford, a professor at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, argues in her interesting and provocative new book Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age that broadband Internet should be treated more like a traditional public utility such as electricity, water, sewer. She writes, … »

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    Is Broadband a Monopoly?

    | November 1, 2012 | Add a comment

    Broadband is often described as the “core” of the Internet ecosystem—little more than the basic infrastructure across which users interact, and subject to heavy-handed government regulations that reflect this assumption. However, AEI visiting scholar Jeffrey Eisenach challenges this assumption, arguing instead that broadband is an integral part of the Internet … »

  • Mobile Apps Market Making Moves for U.S. Economy

    | October 2, 2012 | Add a comment

    Notwithstanding the rest of the U.S. economy, experts believe the trajectory of growth in the mobile application (“app”) industry will reach new heights over the next five years. A recent Application Developers Alliance study concluded that app-capable devices such as the iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire are rapidly gaining popularity: 62% … »