Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers last week in introducing the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which seeks to keep internet access affordable, promote access to the internet and promote innovation.
“The Internet is a vital part of our economy and our daily lives, and there should not be a tax imposed for the simple act of using it,” Bachus said. “The Internet Tax Freedom Act has had my support since its initial adoption and I am pleased to be a cosponsor of legislation to extend it.”
The bill, which was also introduced by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), makes the Internet Tax Freedom Act—which was enacted in 1998 and sought to limit the ability of government to tax internet access or e-commerce—permanent.
Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced a Senate companion bill last month.
“The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act ensures that Americans can continue to access the Internet tax-free,” Goodlatte said. “In this increasingly digital age, Americans rely on access to the Internet to apply for employment, to seek and share innovative ideas, to keep governments accountable, to run small businesses, and to communicate with their families and friends. This legislation will help ensure more Americans have access to this tremendous medium by reducing cost barriers.”