Murkowski Backs Bill to “Shut the Door” on New Internet Taxes

Senator Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced she is co-sponsoring the bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, a bill to ban taxes on Internet access and other forms of unnecessary e-commerce taxation that could cause pricey tax hikes on Alaskans who already pay the highest Internet access rates in the nation.

Since 1998, Congress has banned taxes on Internet access through a limited moratorium, which is scheduled to expire on October 1, 2015.  The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act would permanently remove the threat of any new state or local taxes on the use of or access (for example: bandwidth taxes, or e-mail taxes) for Alaskans.

“The Internet, especially in Alaska, is a lifeline to communication, information, and household supplies – we should protect it the best we can from nickel and diming,” said Murkowski.  “Alaskans experience some of the highest Internet access costs in the nation, so it is crucial in our state more than most to shut the door on new taxes and fees.”

The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act was introduced by Senators John Thune (R-ND) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).