November 01, 2011

Wyden Statement on House Passage of Wireless Tax Fairness Act

Washington, D.C.U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement in response to the House of Representatives’ passage of the Wireless Tax Fairness Act.   In March 2011, Wyden and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced the legislation in the U.S. Senate.

“Wireless is a prime example of how every time a new innovation hits the market – governments invent new ways to tax it.  We should be encouraging wireless usage as it continues to revolutionize the way Americans work, study and interact with friends and family, and yet, the only products subject to more layers and higher levels of taxation in the U.S. are alcohol and tobacco products.  New innovations have a hard time realizing their promise when they’re buried under multiple layers of discriminatory taxes.  This is why we took steps to bar multiple and discriminatory taxes on Internet access and services –like email—and and I’m glad we are finally moving to extend those same protections to wireless products.”