House, Senate Considering Bills to Permanently Ban Internet Access Taxes


Democrats are continuing their push to put a permanent bridle on Internet access taxes with the introduction of a House measure that would permanently codify bans on such levies that have been in place since 1998. reports this morning that the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 2007, introduced in the house by Bay Area Democrat Anna Eshoo, follows on the heels of a similar measure introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).


The bill -- which has already won the endorsement of more Republicans than Democrats, aside from sponsorship -- would ban the assessment of taxes on Internet access and any discriminatory or double taxes on e-commerce. The measure has also won the endorsement of the U.S. Telecom Association.


Twelve states that were already taxing Internet access by 1998 are grandfathered under Eshoo's bill, reports.

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