James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Net Neutrality Is Setting The Stage For Internet Taxes

In the FCC’s newly released Net Neutrality Order, it includes a supplemental document on so-called mythsfrom classifying broadband as a Title II regulated telecommunications service. The document is far forthright and honest as it pertains to one issue—consumer broadband taxes. Specifically, it states the following:
“Myth: This [Order] will increase consumers’ broadband bills and/or raise taxes.”
“Fact: The Order doesn’t impose new taxes or fees or otherwise increase prices.”