Getting these two bills to the president’s desk is an important step forward on reaching agreement on other important tech issues. But more must be done.
WASHINGTON—The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) today released the followed statement from Daniel Castro, ITIF vice president, welcoming final approval of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act and Judicial Redress Act:
We are happy to see policymakers coming together to pass commonsense legislation like the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act and Judicial Redress Act.
The cost, speed, and availability of broadband Internet access should continue to be a national priority, and by making the Internet Tax Freedom Act permanent, we can boost the growth of the Internet and the economic and societal benefits that come with it.
Furthermore, the flow of data across borders is essential for digital commerce in the 21st century, and passage of the Judicial Redress Act was necessary to keep our vital economic relationship with Europe intact.
Getting these two bills to the president’s desk is an important step forward on reaching agreement on other important tech issues. But more must be done, including passing ECPA reform, the Marketplace Fairness Act, and data breach notification. These are all examples of low-hanging legislative fruit. Lawmakers should move quickly to pass them and then move on to more difficult issues like improving cybersecurity, addressing digital piracy, and paving the way for emerging technologies like drones, autonomous vehicles, and the Internet of Things. We hope today’s success signals a newfound cooperation to address many of the country’s challenges.