NH Senate voting on bill to outlaw Internet tax
CONCORD, N.H.—The state Senate will vote Wednesday whether to outlaw taxing Internet access in New Hampshire to end confusion causing some companies to pay the tax while others do not.
State law currently does not define Internet access and was written in 1990 before the Internet was widely used. It also was written before the invention of 3G and 4G wireless networks, which allow access to the Internet over smartphones.
The proposal before the Senate would prohibit taxing the charges consumers pay to gain access to the Internet through broadband and wireless connections.
The tax would continue to be charged on two-way phone use, other voice communications and text messaging.
Currently, the tax is applied to bundled charges when companies don't break out two-way voice and text communications.