"Dear Colleague" letter.
Date: February 24, 2004.
From: Sen. George Allen (R-VA), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. John Sununu (R-NH), Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR), and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV).
Re: S 150, the "Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act", and S 2084, the "Internet Tax Ban Extension and Improvement Act".
Source: BellSouth.

February 24, 2004


Dear Colleague:

S. 150, the Internet Non-Discrimination Act, will likely be before the Senate in the very near future. Opponents of this legislation are floating a new bill seeking your support to tax consumers of Internet access. As Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, we think that it is important to provide context, truth and clarity to their position and proposal.

Represented as a so-called ``compromise,´´ the new bill is far from it. The bill merely codifies the draft amendment floated last year by Senators Alexander and Carper, which allows States that already tax consumers of Internet access to continue to tax them. The bill is an effort to gain Federal legal protection for the actions of several State and local revenue authorities that have used administrative rulings to do an end-run on the moratorium on Internet access taxes.

Here are some of the things that the pro-tax Alexander/Carper bill will do:

SIMPLY PUT, SUPPORTING THIS BILL WOULD MEAN THAT YOU SUPPORT TAXING INTERNET ACCESS. Let's tackle this issue now and pass S. 150 with the various perfecting and compromises contained in the Managers’ Amendment. Real reform that will protect consumers demands no less.