Congress has voted to make permanent a federal law that prevents states or localities from taxing Internet access.
The US Senate accepted the measure as part of a larger trade bill, which passed today on a 75-20 vote. Since the House has already passed a similar measure, the bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.
There’s long been general agreement in Congress that taxing access to the Internet is a bad idea and shouldn’t be allowed. But permanent consideration of the tax ban was held up by some lawmakers, including Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who wanted it to be passed together with the Marketplace Fairness Act, or MFA.
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