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Tradeshow Tales

Phil Harvey

11:30 AM -- As the telecom tradeshow soap opera rages on, you may be wondering how much revenue groups like United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) actually make when putting on shows.

That's not an easy thing to figure out. The most recent IRS filings for each organization are for 2004, so they really only give us a picture of what each group was doing while still combined and running Supercomm.

Here's that info: Table 1: From the Filings...

2004 Revenue from Supercomm & Other Conferences 2004 Contributions of Note
United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) $8,079,712 $10,000 to the Ted Stevens Foundation -- an organization established to ''assist in educating and informing the public about the career of Senator Ted Stevens."
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) $12,444,212 None listed. Damn it.
Sources: The IRS, The Boston Globe, A Series of Tubes

It's hard to say if the 2004 revenues are a sign of how each organization is performing now. But I do hope that we've at least learned a little more about Ted "Bridge to Nowhere" Stevens as the years have passed.

— Phil Harvey, Stupid Money Editor, Light Reading

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12/5/2012 | 3:47:54 AM
re: Tradeshow Tales
If USTA did donate $10,000 to Ted Stevens, you'd think he'd at least have a better idea of how the Internet actually works. Did you see him talk about Net Neutrality on the Daily Show about a week ago? It was hilarious. He called the Internet "a series of tubes."

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