In a joint letter sent to House lawmakers today, USTelecom, along with CTIA and NCTA, urged members to support H.R. 235, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. The bill has received bipartisan backing and is co-sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.).
The letter comes on the heels of the recent introduction of the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, legislation sponsored by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that would extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) permanently.
ITFA is set to expire later this year and is considered a major success story, helping to grow the digital economy, and expand broadband adoption. Should ITFA expire, taxes on Internet access services could exceed $11 billion a year.
Also today, Thune and Wyden published an op-ed in USA Today, which discusses their recently reintroduced ITFA. The bill is the Senate version of Rep. Goodlatte’s proposed legislation, and would ban taxes on Internet access permanently. “Internet taxes would ... have a harmful effect on commerce, particularly on startups and small businesses, who have to watch their expenses very carefully,” the senators wrote. “New Internet access taxes would discourage innovation.”
To read the letter, click here.