There’s a little bit of good news out of the Senate. Well, at least for now. The upper chamber will move on a short-term extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act to keep state and local governments from taxing access to the World Wide Web:
Senate Democrats are gearing up to pass a short-term extension of a moratorium on Internet access taxes, according to aides and K Street officials.
The Internet Tax Freedom Act expires on Nov. 1, and Democratic leaders are pushing to extend the moratorium through 2014.
A vote on the short-term extension could come as soon as next week, or when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill after their August break, a Democratic aide said Wednesday.
The bad news, however, is that supporters of the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act,” the Internet sales tax, are still going to try to attach the measure to the extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) after the mid-term election. Check out the Orwellian-style doublespeak from this Internet sales tax crony:
Outside supporters of the Marketplace Fairness Act insisted Wednesday that the short-term Internet access measure wasn’t a setback. Lawmakers have little interest in telecom companies potentially noticing rate increases shortly before November’s election.
“No long-term extension of ITFA will occur without MFA because it’s important to keep the Internet tax-free and protect local jobs,” the Marketplace Fairness Coalition said.