Several Tech Bills Introduced In Congress' First Day
Several technology-related bills were introduced in the first day of the Democratic-controlled 110th Congress yesterday.
Arguably the highest-profile is the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act of 2007. Introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), John McCain (R-Arizona) and John Sununu (R-New Hampshire), this measure would permanently extend an existing prohibition on Internet access taxes by state and local authorities. The current ban is slated to expire this November.
But that's not all.
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) of "the Internet is a series of tubes" fame, put up a bill that would mandate broadband service providers pay into the Universal Service Fund. If that passes, it is widely expected that broadband ISPs would institute subscriber fees to offset those costs.
We'll be watching all these bills- and more sure to come- like a hawk.
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