Congress votes against state-imposed Internet access taxes


One thing we haven’t had to worry about in the US was paying taxes to get onto the big ‘ol Internet. And we may never have to worry about it.

The Senate has passed a trade enforcement bill in a 75-20 vote, one that contained the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. It made permanent a recurring moratorium on state-levied taxes affecting Internet bandwidth, content and other factors. The last one was signed in 1998 and was to expire this October.

Lawmakers and advocate groups from across the political spectrum lauded the act. The House of Representatives voted on the legislation last June. The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk for him to sign.

Bhutan has a 5 percent Internet access tax while Pakistan’s rate is 14 percent.

Via: PCWorld

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.