Cable Ops, Others Form ITFA Coalition

NCTA, Cox, TWC Join Telcos, Computer Companies, Others for Legislation Push

A new group has formed to push for disallowing taxes on Internet access and sales.

There has been a moratorium on such taxes since passage of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) in 1998, and expires unless renewed, which it has been three times. It is up for renewal again next year. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) have introduced a bill, the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Bill, which would make the moratorium permanent.

To get behind that effort, The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, along with wireless companies, individual cable operator powerhouses -- Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable -- Amazon and others have formed the ITFA Coalition, whose mission is described as to "maintain and grow consumer access to the Internet and Internet commerce by ensuring that consumer purchases of Internet access remain free from taxation and goods and services sold over the Internet are not subject to multiple and discriminatory taxation." Specifically that means keeping the net free of state and local taxes on Internet taxes and multiple taxes on Internet sales. 

Coalition members also include AT&T, CenturyLink, CTIA: The Wireless Association, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Taxpayers Union, NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, T-Mobile, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, US Telecom, and Verizon.