Skip to comments.A Freeper's Observation:Removing the Obstacles to Cyberspace for Middle Income People.
Posted on 08/01/2003 6:47:51 AM PDT by E.G.C.
Today is a very happy day for the millions of people like myself who are on fixed incomes and use the internet to express our opinions on the most important of issues.
Yesterday, a bill passed the Senate Commerce Commitee which would ban taxes on Internet service along with two other types of Internet-specific taxes. One which treats internet purchases differently than other states and multiple-states taxation of a single product or service brought over the Internet.
The bills moving through the House and Senate contain a clarification that this tax ban applies to every technology that is used to deliver Internet service, including DSL, dial-up, cable modem and wireless.
This is a very good deal becuase this will ensure that no fees are slapped on us for the time we spend online, thus giving us ample opportunities to compose op-eds like this one here on the internet.
States like New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin will have to rescind those taxes befor this moratorium takes place.
This means that those of us on fixed incomes who are concerned about upsetting people in the process of addressing issues of public importance will be able to continue to address these issues under the cover of annominity here on internet message boards like this where as we would have to give out our names and addresses were we to desire our observations to be placed in local newspapers. Certainly the fear of upsetting and angering people in the vulnerable positions that middle and fixed income people like myself are in leave us less likely to want to address issues of public importance with our identities being revealed.
This is why people like myself are so thankful for message boards like this where we can address these issues. Without the internet, there'd be no way to express our opinions without our identities being revealed and we would have to write our opinions to the local paper with our names and addresses listed below.
So this is a happy tie for those of us in those positions to know that we will no longer have to deal with Internet access taxes being imposed on us. This is not only a victory for innovation, it's also a victory for freedom of speech for now and in the future.
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