CCA, ITTA Encourage Treating Disbursements from Broadband Programs as Non-Taxable to Advance Rural Broadband Deployment
Washington, DC – May 11, 2017 – Today, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and ITTA – the Voice of America’s Broadband Providers (ITTA) sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee leadership encouraging Congress to treat disbursements from all federal broadband programs, including the Universal Service Fund (USF), as non-taxable, as it works to reform the tax code. Allowing companies that receive broadband funding to use more of the funds to deploy broadband networks is in the public interest and will help close the digital divide.
“Millions of Americans, particularly those in rural and remote areas, enjoy access to mobile broadband service thanks to important programs like the Universal Service Fund,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry, “and many competitive carriers depend on USF support to continue to provide or expand service to unserved and underserved areas. Congress clarifying the federal tax code to treat disbursements from federal broadband programs, including the USF, as non-taxable not only will further the public interest, but also spur investment in infrastructure and help create jobs. Simply put, this kind of common sense tax reform will help limited support dollars go further toward their intended purpose: to preserve and expand mobile broadband services.”
“The value of broadband increases as more consumers have access to it. As a result, Congress, the Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and all other government agencies should strive to ensure that every public and private dollar spent on broadband is used to its fullest potential,” said ITTA President Genny Morelli. “Making broadband support non-taxable will ensure that every dollar is used for investment in rural America that will expand broadband services and create new jobs.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
ITTA – the Voice of America’s Broadband Providers represents communications companies that provide a broad range of high quality wireline and wireless voice, broadband, Internet, and video services to residential and business customers in predominately rural areas across 43 states. For more information, please visit www.itta.us.
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