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Entertainment Software Association Applauds Passage of Customs Reauthorization Bill

Passage Helps Ensure Permanence of “Internet Tax Freedom Act”

Washington, DC – February 11, 2016 – The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the U.S. video game industry, commended Senate passage of the Customs Reauthorization Bill. The legislation bans taxes on broadband access and prohibits tariffs that would discriminate against Internet commerce. Commenting on passage was Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA:

“Senate passage of this important legislation is a win for consumers. Unfair taxes are a burden on ordinary Americans, who could have seen a $20 spike in their monthly billing statement for Internet access. We commend Senators Thune and Wyden for their thoughtful leadership and encourage President Obama to sign this important consumer relief.”

ESA offers a wide range of services to interactive entertainment software publishers, including conducting business and consumer research, providing legal and policy analysis and advocacy on First Amendment, intellectual property, and technology/e-commerce issues, managing a global content protection program, owning and operating E3 and representing video game industry interests in federal and state government relations. For more information, visit ESA’s website or follow us on Twitter at @RichatESA or @ESAGovAffairs.

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