Senate votes to ban taxes on Internet access – CNN

But most senators agreed that such taxes could put the Internet out of reach for some people, especially those with low incomes.

“The Internet is a resource used daily by Americans of all ages across the country,” McConnell said before the vote. “It’s important that they be able to do all of this without the worry of their Internet taxes being taxed.”

“Right now most Americans pay $0 in taxes to connect to the Internet,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon. “And thanks to a bill that passed today, you will never have to pay taxes just to get online, or pay more taxes for goods and services just because they’re bought online.”

While supporters are touting the permanency of the ban, it is also true that any law can be undone by a future Congress. However, the strong support for the ban reflected in the vote suggests there is not much support for taxing access to the Internet.


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