Permanent Extension of Internet Tax Freedom Act Will Keep Internet Affordable
(Washington) – Broadband for America today issued a statement praising the House of Representatives for passing a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (“ITFA”), a law that prevents states and localities from taxing consumers for Internet access and also prohibits multiple forms of Internet-specific taxes covering both commerce and usage.
“A permanent ITFA extension ensures that we have a rational tax structure applicable to today’s 21st century broadband-based digital economy,” said Broadband for America co-chairs John E. Sununu and Harold Ford, Jr. “This bill will protect consumer access to broadband from onerous state and local taxes and fees, stimulating the continued growth of online commerce and the Internet economy keeping it as a vital contributor to our nation’s overall economy. We urge the Senate to promptly follow the House’s lead and pass their own bill as soon as possible for the sake of the Internet’s continued growth.”
The House approved HR 235, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) that makes ITFA permanent. The current iteration of ITFA will expire on October 1 unless an extension is approved.