This is an important piece of legislation:
If a coalition of congressmen has its way, the government’s temporary moratorium on Internet-access taxes could soon become permanent.
This week, a House of Representatives committee is expected to consider a proposal that would bar states from imposing levies on Internet service, but would not affect their ability to collect sales taxes.
The Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act, introduced by Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.), would make permanent a moratorium the congressman initially introduced in 1998. The current ban is set to expire in November.
Cox urged support for the measure, backed by more than 30 other representatives, partly on the grounds that taxes would make it harder for lower-income Americans to afford Internet service.
“The average American does not need new taxes, especially on their Internet access,” he said, citing a recent Commerce Department report that found families making less than $25,000 per year represent the fastest-growing segment of the Internet population.
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