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The Latest Discovery Institute Senior Fellows’ Message to Congress: Support Permanent Internet Tax Freedom

December 11, 2015
Contact: Hance Haney

George Gilder, Hance Haney and John Wohlstetter of the Discovery Institute’s Technology & Democracy Project urge Congress to pass the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 644).

“The Internet Tax Freedom Act has prevented broadband Internet access services from being taxed like alcohol, tobacco and telecommunications since 1998. Had the Internet been taxed like telecom, it would have added 18% on average to the cost of a monthly subscription and slowed the growth of Internet services.

“The time has come for Congress to extend this important consumer protection, which expires today. A tax on broadband would be regressive, inefficient and contrary to the goal of affordable broadband for all Americans. We therefore urge Congress to pass the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act as soon as possible.”

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