TIA applauds House, Senate for Internet tax act
Nov. 19, 2004 - Act is seen as a step toward a national broadband policy.
The Telecommunications Industry Association has applauded both the House and Senate for the passage of the Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act.
The act will extend the tax moratorium on Internet access and on multiple and discriminatory taxes on e-commerce imposed by the Internet Tax Freedom Act.
The Internet tax moratorium expired one year ago, and delays have exposed American consumers to new taxes -- some in excess of 15% per month. The act's passage is an important part of President Bush's agenda to make affordable access to broadband technology available to all Americans by 2007.
"TIA has been a long-time advocate of a national broadband policy," says TIA President Matthew Flanigan. "This legislation is an important step in achieving that goal. The United States should be a worldwide leader in Internet usage, and national policies that promote universal access to broadband will help us achieve the position of the world's innovation leader."
In addition, as a part of a broad coalition of organizations, the TIA earlier this week signed a letter addressed to House Speaker Dennis Hastert in support of S.150, the Senate version of the Internet Tax Freedom Act. The TIA hopes the president will sign the act into law as soon as possible.
The TIA is based in Arlington, VA. For more information visit www.tiaonline.org.