While access to wireless broadband and towers may have been a convenience just a few years ago, the CTIA—The Wireless Association believes that it is now a vital component in the lives of American consumers and businesses.
This statement came as a response to Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-7) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18) introducing the companion bill, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, to the Senate’s Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act of 2013.
The Internet Tax Freedom Act was originally signed into law in 1998 by President Bill Clinton. This law prohibits federal, state and local governments from taxing Internet access and imposing Internet-only taxes. This law has been extended three times by Congress since its original enactment.
“Chairman Goodlatte and Representative Eshoo have been champions for the digital economy since the Internet Tax Freedom Act was first enacted fifteen years ago. The Permanent Internet Freedom Act permanently extends the moratorium on Internet access taxes and fees and provides a tax certainty that will continue to foster American technological innovation, growth and leadership in electronic commerce,” the CTIA’s press release explained.
The current moratorium on Internet taxes was extended until November 1, 2014 by President George W. Bush in 2007. CTIA-The Wireless Association is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government.
“Affordable wireless broadband is no longer just a modern convenience, but a vital component in the lives of American consumers and businesses. From education to healthcare to commerce, a reasonable and permanent tax structure that guarantees affordable access to the Internet and the incredible services it provides is vital for consumers and continued innovation,” the CTIA explained.
September 13, 2013 | Tower-Pro
CTIA—The Wireless association announced today that they will be working with ShowStoppers to build a new discount travel program to help journalists from Asia and Europe cover CTIA 2014 Super Mobility Week. This event will be September 9-11, 2014 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas.
“Wireless transcends borders, and that’s why we’re offering this special package to international reporters for Super Mobility Week. Mobile technology enhances people’s lives, and many of these innovations are first developed in the U.S., so international reporters who want to cover what’s happening the U.S. will be able to do so at a great rate,” said Robert Mesirow, show director, CTIA.
Super Mobility Week is an industry trade show where strategic partnerships will be brought together to offer attendees, exhibitors, and speakers opportunities to network and conduct business. The CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. CTIA also coordinates the industry’s voluntary efforts to provide consumers with a variety of choices and information regarding their wireless products and services.
“Our goal is to make it as simple and as easy as possible for the qualified international journalists who already attend ShowStoppers press events around the world to travel to the United States for Super Mobility Week,” said Steve Leon, partner, ShowStoppers.
September 5, 2013 | Tower-Pro
There has been a lot of discussion about the wireless spectrum and its finite capabilities. The CTIA discussed how the spectrum is the backbone of wireless because wireless technology is connecting people in ways previously thought impossible.
“Spectrum is the fuel that makes this wireless connection possible, but it’s a finite resource that is highly valued. That’s why the wireless industry has been calling for the government to take unused and underutilized spectrum and auction it for its highest and best use,” the CTIA explained.
The FCC will be conducting a spectrum auction next year where TV station owners will be able to auction off their spectrum licenses to broadband wireless carriers. By using auctions, the FCC seeks to award licenses to those who value them most and who will have an incentive to use them most effectively.
“The need for more spectrum has never been greater, and although the U.S. wireless industry is the most efficient user of spectrum in the world, it will need more in the near future to meet the significant demand of consumers and businesses and continue providing them with the world’s best and most innovative mobile products and services,” the CTIA said.
September 3, 2013 | Tower-Pro
Many people fear the effect that cell phones have on their health and believe they have a negative impact in the long run, but the CTIA, an international trade association that represents the wireless communications industry, took the time to look into wireless technology and how it affects your health. People hear the words “radiation” and “cell phones” and assume it’s the same radiation that is associated with medical x-rays.
The CTIA explains that, “Medical X-rays in large enough doses can ionize (i.e., affect electrons around atoms and molecules) and thereby damage biological material. Therefore they are known as ‘ionizing’ radiation.’ As the FDA points out on its website, radio frequency waves do not have enough energy to ionize biological material and therefore are categorized as ‘non-ionizing.’ As the FDA notes, other types of non-ionizing radiation include ‘visible light’ and ‘infrared radiation (heat).’”
The FCC also reported that currently there is no scientific evidence establishing a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses. Wireless phones include both cell phones and the cordless phones. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has even conducted extensive research and concluded that, “To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.”
August 13, 2013 | Tower-Pro