The Senate has approved an extension of the ban on state Internet access taxes for 7 more years. This follows a similar vote in the House a couple of weeks ago. The two chambers now have to work out any conflicts and send the bill to Bush, who has indicated he will approve it. [Reuters]


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  1. Rando says:

    Thank god

  2. TechnoDestructo says:

    “”By keeping the Internet tax-free and affordable, Congress can encourage Internet use for distance learning, telemedicine, commerce and other important services,” Sen. Ted Stevens, of Alaska, said in a statement on Thursday night.”

    I’m amazed he’ll even still weigh in on any Internet issue. Then again, he might be completely unaware of his status as a meme.

  3. TPK says:

    “send the bill to Bush”

    He may not be your favorite person in the whole wide world, but I don’t even think the New York Times goes around referring to the President of the United States by just his last name…

  4. TPK says:

    @TechnoDestructo: He would appear to be blissfully unaware of his cult status! :-)

  5. @TPK: Is that sort of like how I’m supposed to capitalize the “G” in god?

  6. liquisoft says:

    When bush signs it you know he’ll tack on a signing statement that says “The ban will be be extended for 7 more years…and George W. Bush is hereby permitted to eat babies.”

  7. cuiusquemodi says:

    @TechnoDestructo: Now, now, as the ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee, he is an ideal person to have comment on the issue. Besides which, there’s nothing in your quote that precludes the internet being a series of physical tubes.

    As an Alaskan, I imagine Ted Stevens knows a fair deal about tubes, and gets at least one check from a certain tube yearly.

  8. There is no reason whatsoever for Bush to veto this. If people have to pay taxes on Internet or Internet usage, they’ll actually walk away from their computers and take ACTUAL stances on his policy, as opposed to just “signing” imaginary online petitions.