Did You Know?

The ITFA Coalition has begun a weekly “DID YOU KNOW?” series highlighting fun facts about Internet usage in America. These facts will serve to shine a spotlight on how the Internet has revolutionized the way we communicate, learn and create, and why current law that has kept Internet access free from taxes and fees needs to be made permanent!


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, June 20, 2014

According to the US Census Bureau, there are currently still 20% of American households with no ready Internet access. Those without access are generally more poorer and less educated. 99% of homes  making $150,000 or less had Internet access, compared to only 57% of households making $15,000 or less. America has made great strides in broadband adoption, and these successes shouldn’t be risked due to onerous taxes that could dissuade new adopters, as well as push those who have already adopted away. Tell congress to pass the permanent Internet tax ban so we can get back focusing on more pressing issues! (Source: US Census)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, June 13, 2014

According to Aurion Learning, “e-learning is expected to grow at an average of 23% in the years 2013-2017.” This of course will all depend on whether individuals adopt the Internet to receive one of these many luxuries afforded by having access. Let’s ensure that adoption isn’t deterred due to unnecessary economic burdens. Contact your Representative and Senator and tell them to pass the permanent moratorium on Internet access taxes! (Source: Aurion Learning)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, June 6, 2014

According to Broadband Expanded research, spending on healthcare has increased by 40% per person in the past decade. With the promise of real-time patient consulting and “remote monitoring of patients’ vital signs and conditions,” individuals shouldn’t be marginalized to receive these benefits because they can’t afford to access the Internet. Let’s not create yet another barrier to adoption and clamor for Congress to pass a permanent Internet access tax ban! (Source: Broadband Expanded)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, May 30, 2014

According to a 2014 Pew study, 47% of all seniors 65 or older have a high-speed internet connection at their home. With 59% reporting they regularly use the Internet, 71% of these users state they use the Internet ‘every day or almost every day.’ Let’s not make it more difficult for seniors, both adopted and potential adopters, to retain Internet access due to them having to make a choice because of financial reasons. Congress must respect the economic limitations of individuals here in the country and enact a permanent ban on Internet access tax! (Source: Pew)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, May 23, 2014

According to Pew Research, veterans believe “by 3-to-1 or better that online communication is a relationship enhancer, rather than a relationship detractor.”  Veterans coming home should not find that they are being taxed for yet another one of the many things they have risked, or lost, their lives to defend. Congress should step up to the plate and ensure that all Americans, including every veteran, is not hindered in their choice to choose Internet access because of needless Internet taxation. Tell your Congressman AND Senator that it’s time to vote for a permanent moratorium on Internet taxes! (Source: Pew)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, May 16, 2014

According to Pew Research, older adults have made significant progress in adopting the Internet. In 2000, only 14% of seniors aged 65 and older accessed the Internet. As of 2013, that number is now 59% for seniors aged 65 and older. This represents a significant milestone, most significantly shown by how 71% of seniors aged 65 or older, go online “every day or almost every day.” With these facts, Congress should be sensitive to America’s senior community and take steps to ensure an upward trend in adoption, not steps that could reverse the substantial strides made. Tell Congress let’s not make it a harder decision for seniors on a tight budget to adopt the internet, and to pass a permanent ban on Internet taxes. (Source: Pew)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, May 9, 2014

According to the US Census, 94.8% of household with a computer use it to connect to the internet. Yet, there are still only 78.9% of all households with a computer and 74.8% of households with Internet. Lack of access is seen most prevalent among poorer and less educated Americans. 99% of American households making $150,000 or more had Internet access, compared to only 57% of American households making $15,000 or less. There’s no mistake that cost is still an issue for access to the Internet by more than 20% of Americans. This burden should not be increased by new taxes levied on access, and thus Congress should make it a first priority to pass the Internet tax moratorium before the November 1 deadline! (Source: US Census)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, May 2, 2014

According to Juniper Research and HIT Consultant, 3 million people are expected to be using smartphone-powered remote monitoring devices by 2016. In addition to this, increased use of smartphones for remote patient monitoring will lower costs by reducing the need for expensive dedicated medical devices. However, affordable distribution was selected as the number 2 key driver in this healthcare transformation, and so affordability for both the application as well as the Internet pipeline should be taken into consideration for how to push greater adoption for telehealth services. Tell Congress that taxing the Internet will do more harm than good, and to do away with Internet taxes for good! (Source: Juniper Research and HIT Consultant)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, April 25, 2014

According to the Pew Research Center, 71% of online adults use Facebook, 18% use Twitter, and 22% use LinkedIn. The Internet has increasingly become a crucial component to American social life, and as the Pew points out, helps people to keep close social ties with distant friends and family members, as well as enables people to be more politically engaged and open to opposing points of view. A tool as connective and incomparable in utility as the Internet should not be marred by onerous entries to use, such as finance. Reach out to your Representative and Senator, asking that the Internet Tax Freedom Act be extended indefinitely! (Source: Pew)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, April 18, 2014

According to Brookings, broadband Internet access is imperative to job creation and overall economic growth, especially for small businesses. As stated by Brookings’ Darrell West, “the applications enabled by the Internet are especially important for small businesses and rural communities because they have become crucial platforms for innovation in health care, education, entrepreneurship, and communications. High-speed, universal broadband furthers productivity and generates powerful new efficiencies and economies of scale.” As American small businesses are continuing to feel the effects of the Great Recession, small businesses should not be inundated further financially, by taxes to their Internet. It’s time for Congress to pass a permanent moratorium on Internet taxes! (Source: Brookings)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, April 11, 2014

Similar to taxes that discourage the use of Alcohol and Tobacco, state and local taxes account for more than 17% of consumers’ wireless bills. It’s common sense that these taxes affect low-income families and communities the most – the National Broadband plan stated that “the FCC should consider free or very low-cost wireless broadband as a means to address the affordability barrier to adoption,” as 36% of non-adopters cite cost and their reason. These taxes can have the effect of keeping these families and communities from investing in the latest mobile advances and in turn hindering their participation in the latest benefits that stem from these advances. Contact your Congressman and Senator and ask for passage of the permanent Internet tax moratorium! (Source: FCC, Mobile Future)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, April 4, 2014

According to the United Nations, it took the radio 38 years and television 13 years, to reach an audience of 50 million.  It took the Internet just 4!  As the Internet continues its stellar growth and penetration into American households, measures must be taken to ensure its evolution is not stunted by faulty policy, one of which being burdensome taxes.  Tell Congress the clock is ticking, it’s time to pass a permanent moratorium on Internet taxes! (Source: UN)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, March 28, 2014

According to the US Census Bureau, in 1997, 18% of US households had an Internet connection.  Yet, by 2012, just 15 years later, 74.8% of all US households enjoyed an Internet connection.  Still, with nearly ubiquitous adoption, 7.3% of Americans say they do not adopt the Internet as it’s “too expensive.”  As adoption growth continues upward in this crucial sector, policymakers should ensure that burdensome financial barriers, such as Internet taxes, are done away with through passage of the Internet Tax Freedom Act legislation. (Source: US Census Bureau)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, March 21, 2014

According to a 2012 report, 90% of online seniors age 66-83 regularly use email to stay connected to family, friends and loved ones.  Within this demographic is an extreme sensitivity to pricing, therefore the ban on Internet tax should be a part of Congress’ plan to ensure all citizens have access to this critical service. (Source: BroadbandExpanded)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, March 14, 2014

According to a 2013 report, the US currently leads in digital content spending. To ensure that Internet adoption and use, a vital engine for economic growth, is not stalled due to financial barriers, Congress should act quickly to pass a permanent internet tax moratorium. (Source: IHS)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, March 7, 2014

According to a recent study conducted in honor of the Internet’s 25th Anniversary, 90% of Internet users say the Internet “has been a good thing for them personally,” while 76% say “the internet has been a good thing for society.”  These statistics, along with the fact that 61% of users who think the Internet would be “very hard to give up” believe that “being online [is] essential for job-related or other reasons,” support the idea that the Internet serves a vital role in our society. Therefore, to continue promoting the many benefits of Internet access and use, policies that thwart broadband adoption, like Internet taxation, should be avoided. (Source: Pew)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, February 28, 2014

According to a recent 2014 report, by the third quarter of 2013, the average U.S. broadband connection speed was 9.8 Mbps.  This is an increase from the 2013 second quarter of 13 percent, when the average connection speed was 8.6 Mbps.  As the Internet continues its ever changing transformation to faster speeds and interconnection, the services that are offered will increase in prevalence and convenience as seen through online shopping or job applying. This will attract more users and in turn boost both the Internet economy and the American economy as a whole.  Regressive Internet taxes should be done away with, to ensure that citizens are not dissuaded from adopting this critical service. (Source: Akamai)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, February 21, 2014

According to a 2014 study, the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace will expand at an 8.8% annual growth rate from 2012-2017, thus growing from $4.8 trillion to $7.3 trillion.  As the American economy continues its recovery, Congress must ensure that all paths to economic growth are left unhindered, one most especially being the Internet.  It’s imperative that regressive policies such as Internet taxation are removed so American families and businesses can continue sustained and robust growth. (Source: IDC)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, February 14, 2014

According to a 2012 study by PwC, 52 percent of patients believe that “mHealth applications and services will make healthcare substantially more convenient for them.”  In addition to this, 46 percent of patients feel that “mHealth applications and services will substantially reduce their overall healthcare costs (including linked costs like travel to and from the doctor or time off to go to clinics).”  Coupling these statistics to mHealth’s requirement for broadband Internet, one can easily see why the removal of burdensome Internet taxes should be a primary focus for Congress. (Source: PwC)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, January 10, 2014

According to a 2013 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. manufacturers reported a 15.3 percent increase in e-commerce sales in 2011 ($2.7 trillion), up from $2.4 trillion in 2010.  This helped to increase total sales to $5.5 trillion in 2011, an increase by 12.1 percent.  As the American economy continues to crawl out of the recession, e-commerce across various sectors is crucial to uplifting the economy.  Forward looking policy ensuring that excessive taxes on the Internet are removed would guarantee e-commerce’s continued value add to the economy. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, December 20, 2013

A 2012 survey by the Babson Survey Research Group shows that over 6.7 million students (32% of higher education students) are taking at least one online course. This, coupled with the report’s statistic that 77% of academic professionals rate online learning as equally or more superior than face-to-face classes, points to an upward trend in the role that the Internet is playing in education.  As that trend continues upwards, it is important to ensure that new taxes on Internet access don’t hinder adoption. (Source: Babson Survey Research Group)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, December 13, 2013

E-commerce sales hit $343 billion in 2012 and are expected to be even higher this year. Getting more people online will only increase this number. Passage of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act is necessary to ensure burdensome Internet taxation policies don’t negatively affect this growing sector of the economy. (Source: UPS/comScore)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, December 6, 2013

A study by the Government Accountability Office found that in 90 out of 100 cases, taxes on Internet access have an effect on broadband adoption. Since Internet taxation affects broadband affordability for citizens, it also drives down investment in broadband infrastructure as lowered demand for Internet dissuades companies from additional deployment.  Making the Internet Tax Moratorium Permanent is necessary to safeguard the U.S.’ upward trend in broadband deployment and adoption. (Source: Government Accountability Office)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, November 22, 2013

A recent 2013 study found that of the 15% of American adults not using the Internet, only 7% have a “physical lack of availability or access to the internet.”  As statistics show, access to the Internet is becoming nearly ubiquitous, but we must ensure that our policies encourage the other 93% of non-users to adopt broadband.  Permanently safeguarding Internet access from taxation would go a long way to lessen the digital divide. (Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, November 15, 2013

A 2013 study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies found that the Internet is “very important” to African Americans successfully obtaining a job (50 percent) – which is significantly higher than the average for all others (36 percent).  Minority communities across the country are increasingly becoming more dependent on the Internet for their everyday needs, like job searching.  These communities stand to be harmed the most by onerous taxes on Internet access.  Making the Internet Tax Freedom Act permanent will help to ensure that American families of all backgrounds have access to this critical resource. (Source: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, November 8, 2013

According to a 2013 study, 63% of Americans earning $30,000 a year or less use the Internet to perform online job searches.  These individuals would be the most adversely affected by new taxes on Internet access. Extending ITFA is important to ensure that low-income Americans continue to have access to the benefits of the Internet. (Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, November 1, 2013

Since 2010, over 6.3 million U.S. jobs have been added because of the Internet and broadband.  The Internet has been vital to the American economy during the most recent recession, and public policy must continue to encourage job growth and creation by ensuring that Internet access isn’t hindered through excessive taxation. (Source: US Telecom)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, October 25, 2013

That as of September 2013, 35% of Americans ages 16 and older own a tablet computer.  And one of, if not the, primary uses of a tablet is access to the Internet. As Internet-dependent devices become increasingly embedded in American culture, it’s important that new barriers to access the service that makes these devices useful – the Internet – are not erected by our public officials. (Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, October 18, 2013

That in 2012, there over 244 MILLION American Internet users. The Internet has become a central part of American life. In order to ensure that more and more American continue to have access to this transformative technology, Congress needs to ensure that Internet access isn’t taxed. (Source: The 2012 Internet Trends Report)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, October 11, 2013

That 51% of adult Americans currently bank online. Online banking has become a vital tool for individuals without the time or means to access a brick-and-mortar bank. With so many Americans using the Internet to access vital financial information in their bank accounts, it is important for Congress to pass a permanent ban on Internet access taxes. (Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project)


DID YOU KNOW? – Friday, October 4, 2013

…72% of Internet users say they looked online for health information within the past year (Pew Internet and American Life Project).

Accessing health information is important for millions of Americans. This is why we need a permanent ban on Internet taxes that could harm consumer access and adoption.