ITFA Renewed Through September

As expected, with passage by the House of the omnibus appropriations bill just hours before a midnight deadline Thursday, the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which dates from 1998 and established a moratorium on state and local Internet access taxes in all but a handful of grandfathered jurisdictions, was extended through September of next year so long as the Senate manages to pass the bill as well and prevent a government shut-down.

ISPs would have preferred a permanent moratorium, as a standalone bill introduced in this Congress would have created, but at least the moratorium did not expire, as it would have had no legislation been passed.

Not surprisingly, the Internet Tax Freedom Act Coalition, which had pushed for extending the moratorium, was pleased, but still wants a permanent moratorium.

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.