Assessing the Economic Costs of the "Wireless Tax Premium"

December 12, 2012

Georgetown on the Hill Forum To Discuss Consequences of Taxation Towards the Development of the Mobile Industry in America

WHAT:  The Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will present “The Wireless Tax Premium: Economic Consequences for American Consumers and for the Future of the Mobile Economy”featuring John Horrigan, vice president and director, Media Technology Institute , and Glenn Woroch, adjunct professor of economics and executive director, Center for Research on Telecommunications Policy, Institute for Business Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley.

The forum is part of the Georgetown on the Hill series, which brings the center’s work to Capitol Hill for tutorials on issues of public policy.

Friday, December 14, 2012
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast will be served.

Reserve Officers Association
Symposium Center A & B
4th Floor
One Constitution Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

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Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, senior director of communications, at (202) 687-4080 or

This presentation will assess the economic costs of the “wireless tax premium” imposed by federal, state, and local governments on cell phone users. American consumers bear these costs with each monthly bill they pay.  It is estimated that total consumer harm now exceeds $18 billion per year and continues to grow. Low-income households, in particular, bear a disproportionate burden given their heavy reliance on mobile service as well as the regressive nature of these taxes.  It is argued that wireless taxation likely causes collateral harm by impeding development of the broader wireless mobile industry.  

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About the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy is an academic, non-partisan research center whose mission is to engage scholars, business people and policymakers in relevant inquiries and dialogue to impact key business, economic and public policy issues confronting American and international businesses today.  Housed at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, the Georgetown Center was created in 2002 to encourage thoughtful discussion and to document and disseminate knowledge on a range of issues in the public interest. Learn more at Follow on Twitter @GeorgetownCBPP

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter@msbgu.