The CTIA is once again taking up a perennial lobbying issue by pushing for a five-year moratorium on new state and local wireless taxes, citing a study that says the tax burden on wireless customers has gone up during the past few years.
In a blog post, CTIA President Steve Largent said that the trade group is advocating for the U.S. Senate to pass the Wireless Tax Fairness Act. "The U.S. House already passed the bipartisan bill last year, but we need the Senate to do the same so millions of wireless customers can get some much needed financial relief," he wrote. The bill has been an annual favorite of the CTIA but has yet to make it into law despite years of legislators pushing it.
Largent pointed to a study by Scott Mackey, a partner at KSE Partners in Montpelier, Vt., which notes that the average wireless tax burden on consumers increased from 16.26 percent in July 2010 to 17.18 percent in July 2012. Mackey works with a coalition of wireless providers, including all of the Tier 1 carriers, "in support of state and local tax policies that encourage investment in wireless networks and reduce excessive taxes on wireless consumers," according to the report.
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