Washington – CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, applauds the House and Senate for the passage of a government funding bill that includes a temporary extension to the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA). ITFA is imperative in maintaining an open internet that remains unburdened by a patchwork for federal, state and local taxes.
“While we are grateful for the extension to ITFA, we continue to urge Congress to pass a permanent extension that will avoid future uncertainty for both internet service providers and internet users,” said Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, Public Advocacy.
Unfortunately, Congress was unable to include a provision in the recent funding bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (“Ex-Im”). The Ex-Im bank is not only important to large corporations but critical for small and medium size companies looking to compete in a global market. Since 2007, almost 9,000 companies have used the Ex-Im Bank to finance export sales, including almost 6,000 small businesses. Congress must act to pass legislation ensuring that American technology companies are able to do business this competitive environment.
We look forward to working with Congress in the coming months in an effort to pass meaningful legislation that would permanently extend ITFA as well as reauthorize the Export-Import Bank in addition to other technology industry priorities that will ensure our industry remains globally competitive and innovative.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the information technology (IT) industry. Its 2,000+ member companies, nearly 2 million certifications awarded, and 3,000 academic and training partners, are at the forefront of innovation and digitalization. Through its public advocacy efforts, CompTIA champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact the entire continuum of information technology companies – from small IT service providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers. CompTIA gives eyes, ears and a voice to technology companies, allowing them to quickly and comprehensively understand policy developments – and then do something about it.