The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation that permanently extends the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA).
“CenturyLink commends the House of Representatives for passing legislation that protects consumers and keeps Internet access tax free,” said CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) Executive Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations Steve Davis. “Without permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, thousands of state and local jurisdictions could start levying new taxes on Internet access or bandwidth use, which could discourage broadband adoption and limit broadband investment. We look forward to working with the Senate to pass the companion bill and to seeing this important legislation enacted soon.”
ITFA is a temporary tax moratorium that is scheduled to expire Nov. 1, 2014. Legislation that would permanently extend ITFA, H.R.3086 and S.1431, has been introduced by U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R-S.D.).
For more information, please see the previous blog post on ITFA: CenturyLink Joins Coalition To Prevent Government From Taxing Internet Access.