U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following response to the agreement reached by the Senate tonight that extends for seven years the moratorium on state and local taxes on Internet access. The tax ban – first passed in 1998 and last updated in 2004 – is set to expire on Nov. 1.
“This agreement is a common sense victory both for internet users and for state and local governments. It continues the moratorium on Internet taxation, avoids unfunded federal mandates on states and cities, updates the definition of Internet access, and allows Congress to revisit the issue after seven years.”
In May, Carper and Alexander introduced S. 1453, a bill to update the definition of Internet access and extend the Internet tax moratorium for four years.