Mobile Future

A taxing solution

Good news from Washington:

U.S. lawmakers are setting the stage to halt state and local governments from imposing new taxes on cell-phone and mobile e-mail services.  Several Democrats and Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee’s commercial law panel agreed Tuesday that “discriminatory” cell-phone taxes, or taxes on wireless services alone, are unfair.

This is good news for many reasons, especially because, as Rep. Zoe Lofgren said yesterday, higher cell-phone taxes disproportionately impact lower-income people, who rely more on their cell phones for access to the Internet.  With Congress and the Obama Administration both looking to wireless technologies to spur economic growth, tax fairness should be a top priority.