The US House passed a bill late Tuesday permanently barring local and state taxation on Internet access. A temporary ban on that expires October 1, but the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act faces uncertainty in the Senate.
Similar measures have been approved by the House and Senate five times since 1998, but political jockeying could end that streak or produce a watered down version.
The measure, however, does not end those pesky taxes on communication services like telephone bills. Instead, it makes it unlawful to impose similar taxes for Internet access—taxes that many of the financially strapped states and cities are demanding for the right to impose.
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