Lobbyist Sees Support for Extending Net Access Tax Ban

A political compromise could temporarily, but not permanently, renew the Internet access tax ban when it expires on November 1. At a hearing convened by a U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary subcommittee, a National Governors Association lobbyist said his group would support a "reasonable" -- as opposed to infinite -- extension of the ban, provided that it makes clear what services states can and cannot tax and gives them the freedom to collect taxes that were in effect before Congress adopted the original 1998 federal ban.

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