The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation today that permanently extends the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA).
"CenturyLink commends the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives for passing legislation that permanently bans federal, state and local governments from taxing consumers and small businesses on their Internet access," said CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Relations John F. Jones. "Making the Internet tax moratorium permanent is sound economic policy that brings certainty to the market and encourages broadband adoption and network investment."
CenturyLink encourages the U.S. Senate to pass the permanent moratorium soon. Legislation that permanently extends ITFA was introduced by U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) earlier this year. A temporary extension of the Internet tax moratorium has been enacted many times since it was first signed into law in 1998.