Web Envelops Young Adults

It's no secret that young adults are migrating online en masse. New research quantifies the degree to which they're setting down roots.

Nearly half of the U.S. population between ages 16 and 22 is online, according to a just-released "Technographics Report" from Forrester Research Inc. That is a substantially bigger proportion than in the population at large.

But what's significant is the degree to which the Internet is pervading this group's daily lives. While adults use the Internet for specific tasks, the report said, young consumers simply consider it a seamless extension of their lives.

"This is a watershed for the Internet," said James L. McQuivey, a senior analyst at Forrester, in a release issued by the Cambridge, Mass., firm. "Just as previous generations internalized the automobile and television . . . today 16- to 22-year-olds will become the first Net-powered generation."

Be Counted on Tax Issue

Feel like weighing in on Internet taxes? Here's your chance.

A 19-member panel of big-name politicians and businesspeople, the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, will make final recommendations to Congress on whether and how to tax the network. Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R), who chairs the group, is inviting public comment on the impact of federal, state and local taxation of Internet sales and access.

You can't just fire off a single e-mail or letter, though. All comments must be typed out and double-spaced. E-mail one copy to comments@ecommercecommission.org and 30 copies on paper to: Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, 3401 North Fairfax Dr., Arlington, Va. 22201-4498.

A few more rules: Comments must have your name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if you've got one), and the name of the person, client or organization the comments represent. And if your thoughts run to more than two pages, you also have to include a summary of two pages or less.

The commission's own due date for decisions to Congress is April 21, 2000.