House backs permanent ban on Internet access taxes

WASHINGTON Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:52pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to ban permanently taxes on Internet access, a prohibition that is now temporary and is set to expire in 16 weeks.

In a move opposed by some Democrats and state and local governments, the House approved a bill to bar permanently state and local governments from enacting Internet connection taxes.

The approval came on a voice vote, sending the legislation next to the Senate, where it also has bipartisan support.

The bill does not involve state sales taxes on online shopping purchases, which is a different issue. Rather, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act deals with Internet access.

Congress in 1998 approved a temporary moratorium on state and local governments imposing any new taxes on Internet connections. This ban has been extended three times, most recently in 2007, but is set to expire on Nov. 1.

(Reporting by Kevin Drawbaugh; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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finally, something the House can get done for the good of the people.

i think the state and local governments can find revenue elsewhere. they likely abuse this tax option if given the chance. net neutrality is already in serious danger, but at least this is one thing done correctly.

Jul 15, 2014 4:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:
Many of the liberal democrats would tax the air you breath if they could figure out how. They think every dime you make is theirs to waste ever how they see fit. Vote every liberal democrat out of office every opportunity you get, I am.

Jul 15, 2014 4:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:
govt must live within its means..just as any tax paying citizen has to…no more taxes

Jul 15, 2014 9:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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