Skip to comments.Keep the Internet Tax-Free
Posted on 10/16/2007 10:27:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
This year, Halloween could be a bit more hair-raising for American consumers, especially if they have an Internet connection.
October 31st is the last day Congress can act to extend or make permanent the Internet Tax Moratorium. If Congress chooses to do nothing (not always a bad thing in my view), the tax moratorium will expire and on November 1st, state and local jurisdictions would be allowed to impose taxes on broadband and Internet access. This would also represent the first major tax increase on consumers in almost eight years.
There are about 15,000 different taxing jurisdictions, so American consumers face the prospect of paying new taxes on everything from email to instant messaging and video downloads to spam or junk e-mail filters. With more than 65 million household broadband connections we're looking at more than $3 billion in new taxes if the Internet Tax Moratorium expires at the end of October.
On three different occasions -1998, 2001 and 2005 - Congress made a commitment to keep the Internet tax-free. We did so for a couple of different reasons. First, high-speed broadband was just beginning to emerge, and we felt that the best way to encourage this important technology for education, communication, and economic opportunity, was to not weigh it down with taxes and fees that would put broadband out of reach of many consumers, including schools and libraries.
Second, the Internet and broadband are not limited by geographic borders; they are global networks. Putting taxes on a connection that is so interconnected in the U.S. and elsewhere seemed too unwieldy.
The decision to keep the Internet tax free would seem to have been a good one.(continued)
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If we allow this to happen, we’re fools. I intend to call my representatives in the morning.
I’m sure they can’t wait to dish out another tax on the poor.
He doesn’t say anything about keeping it deregulated and uncensored. I can see the McCain-Feingold lunacy or a Fairness doctrine sneaking past these positions.
They tax your windows, tax your floor, they tax your walls, tax your door, and when you die, they’ll tax you more!
Thought I read that they passed a 4-year extension to this yesterday. Not quite a permanent ban, but better than letting it expire.
He doesnt say anything about keeping it deregulated and uncensored.
All We ( That is: “WE” meaning ; Patriotic, Freedom Loving, Constitution Supporting AMERICANS.) have to do is get the world out ON the world wide web that if even ONE Liberal Dem gets into ANY Major office-including Schrillary- they can say GOOD BYE to Open-Free-Non-Regulated-Non-Gov’t Controled Internet and..
...YELLO CHINA-STYLE, Communist Dictator type Gov’t control and run Internet!!
When word gets out about that! All those 14-19 year olds that make up the BASE OF Schrillary & MovingOn will Dump THEM so fast we’d hear it!!
Go tell a 17 year old that Schrillary & Company has had plans for YEARS to gain control of the internet and they’d throw down their “End the Draft” Signs they were handed and go back to doing what All Red-Blooded American Teens do best!; Drink Beer and make out behind the football stands!!
Once they hear that the Hilder-Beats wants the Dis-United Nations to “Control” the Internet even THEY would Vote Republican!
ps— CALL YOUR LOCAL GOP and NATIONAL GOP/RNC NOW!!—and DEMAND that they hire at LEAST 5-10 Top Freepers for their ‘08 Campaign Strategies Committee!! Or they are DOOMED!
What’s the best way to blast our congress critters about this one? Any ideas? Phone calls? Faxes? e-mails?
Courtesy ping to the above links I just posted.
Courtesy “thanks” for the courtesy ping...
Any update on the Senate’s action or not?