PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon regulators have approved tax breaks for Internet providers who make investments in affordable, high-speed broadband access.
The Oregonian reports that on Tuesday the Oregon Public Utility Commission confirmed that prospective services from Comcast, Frontier Communications and Google Fiber are eligible for the tax breaks. The state Department of Revenue must also certify the tax exemption.
The breaks come from a law passed last year with Google Fiber’s “gigabit” service in mind but lawmakers and communities have been pushing against awarding the exemption to Comcast, arguing the telecom company was stretching the law by applying it to such an expensive service as its $300 a month Gigabit Pro option.
A Comcast representative told the commission that the service, with its $1,000 installation fee, is available in 26 states and that dozens of people have signed up.