Senator Sees Votes to Make Net Access Tax Ban Permanent

Congressional action on a soon-to-expire ban on Internet access taxes may be slow going at the moment, but the head of the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), says he believes there are enough votes to make the law permanent. If Congress lets the moratorium expire as scheduled on November 1, many states would, at least theoretically, be free to levy new taxes on digital subscriber line, cable modem, wireless and even BlackBerry-type data services.

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