The Wireless Tax Premium: Economic Consequences for American Consumers and for the Future of the Mobile Economy
Friday, December 14, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EST)
The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy presents
a Georgetown on the Hill forum
The Wireless Tax Premium:
Economic Consequences for American Consumers and for the Future of the Mobile Economy
featuring Glenn Woroch,
Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
and Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
with discussant John Horrigan
Vice President and Director
Media and Technology Institute
Friday, December 14th
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Reserve Officers Association
The Symposium Center, 4th Floor
1 Constitution Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002
This presentation will assess the economic costs of the “wireless tax premium” imposed by federal, state and local governments on cell phone users. American consumers bear these costs with each monthly bill they pay. It is estimated that total consumer harm now exceeds $18 billion per year and continues to grow. Low-income households, in particular, bear a disproportionate burden given their heavy reliance on mobile service as well as the regressive nature of these taxes. It is argued that wireless taxation likely causes collateral harm by impeding development of the broader wireless mobile industry. To ensure the benefits of wireless technologies for consumers and the U.S. economy, tax authorities should show restraint by reining in wireless taxation.
This seminar series is designed to comply with all House and Senate rules for a widely attended event.
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