US House Extends Internet Tax Moratorium – Four More Years

The US House of Representatives has voted to extend by four years the current ban on taxing Internet access, set to expire on November 1.

By an overwhelming vote of 405-2, the House passed legislation that prohibits state and local governments from taxing Internet access services until November 2011.

The bill also allows nine states that began taxing Internet access before 1998 to continue doing so.

Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), whose electorate includes a part of Silicon Valley, voted against the legislation because she strongly favors a permanent ban.

“The moratorium has served us well and the Internet is now an integral part of everyday life,” Eshoo said earlier this year. “It’s more critical now than at any time since the moratorium was established to protect the Internet from new taxes and fees. The country that invented the Internet no longer leads the world in Internet access and use.”

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