MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – President Bush on Monday urged Congress to make Internet access permanently tax free and to reduce regulations so high-speed access can be universally available by the 2007 goal he set.
Bush complained that the United States was ranked 10th in the deployment of broadband, or high-speed access. To help boost that rank, he signed an order for the government to make it easier for broadband facilities to be built on federal land.
“If you want broadband access throughout the society, Congress must ban taxes on access,” Bush told the American Association of Community Colleges annual convention. “Clear out the underbrush of regulation and we’ll get the spread of broadband technology and America will be better for it.”