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Senators Bargain On Internet Access Taxes
Deal Removes Big Sticking Point In Debate, But Impasse Continues


March 15, 2004

By Brian Krebs

U.S. senators sparring over an effort to renew a ban on Internet access taxes agreed late last week that it would not affect taxes on Internet-based telephone calls, a key sticking point that has stalled congressional action on the measure for months.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) remained at odds, however, with fellow Republican George Allen (Va.) on the broader question of whether to allow the states to tax Internet access.

Alexander said that the federal government is overstepping its bounds if it blocks the states' abilities to raise funds for essential services. "I believe that this legislation is a big unfunded federal mandate and interferes with the free market system, something that conservatives should not oppose," he said in an interview.

Allen in an interview said that the Internet telephone decision shows that this is not the aim of the tax ban.
"To some extent, this should lessen the fears that some have had that my bill would curtail state and local taxation more than it really was intended to," Allen said.

The decision is an important one for the states as well as the technology and telecommunications industries. States facing soaring budget shortfalls say that they could lose as much as $9 billion in the next three years if they cannot collect taxes on Internet access and telephone calls, an increasingly popular alternative to traditional phone services.

IT and telecom businesses, on the other hand, are anxious to retain a perk that they think will attract more users to their new Internet phone offerings. Companies like Free World Dialup and Skype often can undercut traditional telephone service with Internet phone plans that cost up to $40 per month, a move that is spurring cost-conscious consumers to rethink their options. Established telephone companies like AT&T Corp. also getting into the game.

The Federal Communications Commission is examining whether Internet-based phone calls should be subject to telecommunications taxes that fund a variety of state services. Those taxes also fund the Universal Service program, which makes telephone service affordable for people in rural and low-income areas and provides rural schools and libraries with discounts for getting wired for Internet service.

Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.), meanwhile, is working on legislation that would bar the states altogether from taxing Internet phone calls.

Brooke Schulz, a spokeswoman for Edison, N.J.-based Internet telephone company Vonage, said that this is the right plan. "The Internet tax moratorium is about access to the Internet and does not apply to applications or services that ride over the Internet."

Even with the Internet telephone debate out of the way for now, the Senate remains unable to renew the Internet tax moratorium. First adopted in 1998, it expired last November. Anti-tax advocates warned that state governments could force through tax proposals that would take advantage of the expired moratorium.

Alexander and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) have garnered support for a bill extending the existing ban for two years. It would apply to the fees that customers pay to their Internet service providers but not the businesses that run the telecommunications networks. It also would allow the nearly 25 states that currently tax DSL -- Internet access delivered over phone lines -- to continue to do so. Cable Internet access would remain untaxed.

Allen is leading a rival push with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to make the tax ban permanent. That plan would restrict the number of states that tax Internet access to a group of 10 that already had such laws on the books. Those states would be allowed to tax Internet access until 2007.

The debate over the Internet access tax ban is unrelated to a separate state effort to win congressional approval for a plan that would force retailers to collect sales taxes on nearly all Internet purchases, but so far the debate over the moratorium has has helped to stall congressional consideration of the sales tax plan.

In years past, the two issues were debated simultaneously on Capitol Hill. But supporters of the sales tax idea grew frustrated because lawmakers confused the two issues. Proponents of that effort said they prefer to wait until the Internet access tax issue is resolved before pressing Congress to consider their e-commerce tax plan.

Sen. Alexander said he expects the Senate to vote on the access tax moratorium in the next few weeks.

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