WASHINGTON – (July 15, 2014) Following the passage today of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) by the House of Representatives, Daniel Castro, Senior Analyst for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation releases the following statement:
ITIF commends the House of Representatives for passing this important measure which will help ensure the continued development and success of the Internet economy.
In 1998, Congress passed the original ITFA to create a moratorium on states imposing taxes on Internet access. The law has assisted in reducing the cost of Internet access and spurred investment in the digital economy.
The cost, speed, and availability of broadband Internet access should continue to be a national priority, and by making the ITFA permanent, we can boost the growth of the Internet and the economic and societal benefits that come with it.
Again, we praise the House for passing this necessary legislation and urge the Senate and the White House to take this measure up as quickly as possible.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.