Thursday, November 18, 2004

U.S. Congress Extends Internet Tax Moratorium

The House of Representatives voted to approve a new three-year ban on state and local governments' taxation of the monthly fees that Internet providers charge their customers. The moratorium cover Internet access, regardless of speed or access technology, but does cover the imposition of taxes Internet voice or similar services. A similar measure had already been approved by the Senate.

Some industry reaction:

Earthlink: "We applaud the efforts of the House and Senate to renew the Internet tax moratorium. This legislation will help make broadband Internet access more affordable and accessible for all Americans by preventing any new state taxation on Internet services," Dave Baker, vice president of law and public policy.

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