Briefs: Spanish-American War Tax Axed in House

BOSTON (05/26/2000) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 420-2 last week to phase out the 3% federal excise tax on communications services. The elimination of the tax, which was adopted to pay for the Spanish-American War, was recommended in the majority report of the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, the congressional body that recently concluded its work on Internet tax issues. The Senate must also act on the measure.

CompTIA Endorses China Trade Vote

The Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) hailed passage of the House bill extending permanent normal trade relations with China last week.

CompTIA claimed that much of the expected $13 billion in increased trade will benefit computer vendors.

FTC Eyes Electronic B-to-B Markets

Business-to-business electronic markets are going to get the attention of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) during a two-day workshop next month. The FTC wants to understand how business-to-business markets generate efficiencies and to examine the antitrust issues raised by them. The workshop will be held June 29 and 30 at FTC headquarters in Washington. It will be open to the public.

EpicEdge Wins Online Service Contract

EpicEdge Inc., an information technology services firm and application service provider in Austin, Texas, announced it won a three-year contract from Houston-based Reliant Energy Inc. to develop and and host the $15 billion energy services company's online customer management system.

The new system, which will serve more than 2.5 million customers, will use e-commerce software applications from iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions in Mountain View, California.

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