Wednesday, September 17, 2003

No new Internet Taxes

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. House of Representatives today is expected to vote overwhelmingly to extend and expand the four-year-old tax moratorium on Internet use.

The move is hoped to continue to spur interest in broadband access by keeping monthly access fees low, and Rep. Christopher Cox (R-California), lead sponsor of the moratorium bill, is convinced that a permanent solution will continue to make Internet access more affordable for consumers.

"We want to keep Internet access affordable, and in many places the difference between dial-up and broadband is ten bucks a month," Cox said. "If ten dollars a month is already a barrier for people to embrace broadband, adding an increment on top of that is only going to keep the digital divide wide open."

Meanwhile, VNUNet reports that global Broadband use has risen a whopping 72 percent.

The Senate is expected to take up the matter before November.

Now if they would only do that for my cable bill!


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