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Bill Improving State’s Wireless Telecommunications Signed by Governor

March 31, 2014 in Blog

This session the Legislature passed HB 2175, which is an important first step in improving Washington’s wireless telecommunications competitiveness.  The bill was signed by the Governor on March 28.

HB 2175 would improve Washington’s wireless telecommunications competitiveness

March 7, 2014 in Publications


This Legislative Memo provides an overview and analysis of HB 2175. This bill would help improve Washington’s wireless telecommunications climate, making it easier and less costly for wireless companies to respond to the ever-increasing consumer demand for wireless telecommunications services.

HB 2175 would, among other things, require local governments to allow one permit for multiple small cell networks, known as microcells, instead of requiring a permit for each individual microcell facility.

Microsoft's international digital privacy survey: who is responsible?

January 30, 2014 in Blog

This week, Geekwire published an interview with Brendon Lynch, Microsoft Privacy Chief, discussing Microsoft's recent international polling data on internet privacy as well as Lynch's thoughts on personal versus corporate responsibility for the safe handling of personal information. 

Seattle’s Costly Dark Fiber Deal is Dead

January 30, 2014 in Blog

The government-sponsored, high-speed internet pet project of former Mayor Mike McGinn has finally died. The ambitious endeavor, a feature of the Seattle Broadband Partnership, sought to use the city’s 500 miles of unused fiber cable, known as “dark fiber,” to provide 12 Seattle neighborhoods with fast fiber-to-the-home internet service. The dormant fiber optic cable system was expensively installed under Seattle’s streets during the 1990s tech boom and then quietly abandoned.

A Victory for an Unfettered Internet

January 15, 2014 in Blog

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published an Op/Ed from guest columnist Robert McDowell at the Hudson Institute. McDowell supports the recent federal appeals court's denial of the Federal Communications Commission's privilege to regulate net neutrality among Internet service providers.

Washington Has 2nd Highest Wireless Taxes in Nation

July 11, 2013 in Blog

A study by the Tax Foundation reveals cell phones are often taxed at a much higher level than other consumer items, even “sin” products like alcohol and cigarettes.  And when comparing the state and local tax and fee rates on wireless service, Washington ranks the second highest in the nation.