For years, state and federal lawmakers have wrestled with whether--and how--to impose taxes on internet access fees and online purchases. Now, Congress is considering two measures that could bring these issues closer to a resolution.

House lawmakers on Sept. 17 passed a bill that would keep connections to the internet tax-free on a permanent basis. One week later, Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., introduced a bill to help states collect sales taxes on purchases made online.

The issues cut two ways for schools, which increasingly rely on the internet for their

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