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DMA STATEMENT: SENATE PASSES INTERNET ACCESS TAX MORATORIUM
NEW YORK, April 29, 2004 – The Direct Marketing Association (The DMA) today expressed its support to the U.S. Senate for passing the Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act (S. 150). The bill will re-instate the moratorium on taxing Internet access through November 1, 2007. The DMA commended Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Ron Wyden (D-OR), George Allen (R-VA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), John Sununu (R-NH), and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), for their exceptional bipartisan leadership in helping to pass this measure, which will increase the availability and accessibility of Internet services to the American public.
"We are pleased that the Senate has passed this important legislation," said Jerry Cerasale, senior vice president, government affairs, The DMA. "The U.S. has slid to sixth place in Internet-usage worldwide. This legislation will help bring America back to the vanguard of this burgeoning vehicle for commerce, communication, and education."
"However, it remains our hope that the final resolution of this issue will be a permanent moratorium on Internet access taxes – as passed by the House of Representatives last year," said Cerasale.
About The DMA
The DMA is the leading trade association for businesses interested in interactive and database marketing, with nearly 4,700 member companies from the United States and 53 other nations. Founded in 1917, its members include direct marketers from every business segment as well as the nonprofit and electronic marketing sectors. Included are catalogers, Internet retailers and service providers, financial services providers, book and magazine publishers, book and music clubs, retail stores, industrial manufacturers and a host of other vertical segments, including the service industries that support them. According to a DMA-commissioned economic-impact study, direct and interactive marketing sales in the United States are projected to have surpassed $1.7 trillion in 2003, including $133 billion in catalog sales and $41 billion in sales generated by the Internet. The DMA's Web site is www.the-dma.org, and its consumer Web site is www.shopthenet.org.