Let me reason this out with you and Jack. I've always felt WISPA is too conservative in simply making filings and a rare visit. I've felt that education of our Congressional members has helped them remember us when staff reviews new laws. What we haven't done is bear any pressure or seek to make our issues into the public consciousness.
This is an election year, a rare moment when small issues become campaign promises (whether kept or not). I will only touch on politics for a moment, keep in mind a Democrat FCC Chairman is proud that he converted USF to CAF and seeks to expand it's revenue by adding broadband. The Republicans are screaming for 'no new tax' issues, just last night Ryan called out Corporate Welfare. Here we are with this huge outdated tax and the FCC wants to make it bigger by taxing a whole new industry. The main points we can make are:
1) Congress said no tax on the Internet and now the FCC wants to go around them and tax the Internet anyway
2) 100% of the new tax would go to corporate welfare not directly helping a single tax payer, it's socialized Internet
3) The Telco industry isn't even a Broadband company, they are a telephone company no more than cable is an Internet company. At least cable got investors to build their networks, telco wants the government to pay for all of their expansion.
4) The cost of Wireless to expand to areas is a fraction of the cost of wireline but is being completely left out.
I think a properly briefed politician could get excited about helping to push our agenda, make it public and dramatically raise the profile of our discussion. Imagine a politician who took a pledge of no new taxes having to take on the burden of having approved a new tax in CAF. There is nothing radical about taking advantage of opportunities and the election cycle seems primed for our issues. Politics is always a radical and risky proposition but no one here has yet to say how this will hurt us other to say it's risky. I'm all ears.
On 8/29/2012 11:37 AM, chris cooper wrote:
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