Thursday, August 15, 2013

Think of the Kids, Cell Phone Tax increase would Fund Schools Broadband

President Obama has proposed a plan to bring faster broadband access to the nation's schools. The plan, called ConnectEd, would improve internet access at 99% of schools around the country. The Taxes on Cellphone Bills would go up.

According to the Washington Post, the plan will carry costs of between $4 and $6 billion. In order to fund the plan, The program would require each line of service to contribute about $12 over a period of three years, meaning it would cost cell phone owners about $4 per year in additional taxes.

The FCC needs to approve this tax increase in order for the ConnectEd plan to work.

Republicans have promised to fight the proposal. The wireless industry, including the CTIA, generally opposes new taxes placed on consumers.