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Halting Wireless Tax Increases

The June 2013 early release report on wireless substitution by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that the percentage of adults and children living in households with wireless only telephone service has been on a steady increase since 2003.  The data in the report indicates that wireless-only population is now about 36.5 percent and overall household adoption of wireless is now set at 89 percent of the population in the U.S. as of the end of 2012.

June 27, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1372361895

Unchanging Laws in a Marketplace of Change

The Center for Disease Control released a June 2013 report showing the number of households using only wireless telephone services is on the rise.  This trend reinforces the need to update existing telecommunications law to reflect the current state of the marketplace.  No longer are Americans reliant on only one form of communication service, but are using innovative tools and devices that rely on wireless services, broadband Internet, and fiber optic lines to share and communicate with one another.

June 19, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1371670003

The High Taxation of Wireless Service

The adoption of wireless communications has grown from 48.7 million subscribers in 1997 to 321.7 million subscribers in 2012.  Despite the increased use of this innovative technology, the wireless industry is one of the most heavily taxed in the nation.  The U.S.

June 12, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1371058191

Set and Match!

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, the U.S.

May 29, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1369850595

Spectrum Auction Winners or Losers

The federal government is once again picking winners and losers.

April 15, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1366067455

Next Steps for Net Neutrality

With the recent announcement by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski of his impending departure, the new commission chair will take charge of what has been called in The Atlantic Wire as “one of the more powerful regulatory bodies in the United States government.” 

April 12, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1365796346

Congress Requests GAO Investigation into Broadband Overbuild

On February 13, 2013, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on the broadband stimulus programs managed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

March 13, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1363218989

911 Funds Should Support 911 Functions

The 911 system is a valuable emergency communications tool available nationwide, and supported, in part, through fees typically designated as either 911 funds or enhanced 911 (E-911) fees.

February 20, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1361401901

BTOP Program Overbuilds Fiber in Colorado

On February 7, 2013, KUSA-Channel 9 News in Denver, Colorado investigated issues related to the administration of a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant within the state of Colorado, which is reportedly using the funding to build new fiber optic lines alongside those already in existence in direct competition with local telecommunication providers.

February 13, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1360785716

It Isn’t 1996 Anymore

The year was 1996.  Bill Clinton was in the White House; scientists reported that there might be life on Mars; Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal, was born; the T.V. hospital show E.R. topped the Neilsen’s ratings long before the “McDreamies” and “McSteamies” of the world entered onto the scene; the Simpsons became the longest running prime-time animated series; people were dancing to the Macarena; and on February 8, 1996, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was enacted.

February 8, 2013 — Deborah Collier 1360354083

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