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My response to the CNET article on the proposal to tax broadband to fund the USF.



These legislators are urging congress to collect taxes on broadband users to subsidize broadband in rural areas where it is not economical to provide service on a for profit basis. There is a long history of subsidizing rural utilities including electricity and telephone service.



There are several fundamental problems here.

Tax on Service or Infrastructure
Lawmakers need to decide whether they are going to tax the infrastructure, the service or both. If the put a tax on your broadband service and also tax your Voip service delivered over that broadband service you are paying double the tax. This was a fundamental flaw in telecommunication reform legislation that failed to pass in Virginia this year.

What constitutes a two-way communication service?
There is a broad continuous range of services. Text messaging on Blackberries, email, IM, voice and video via IM clients like Yahoo! messenger, computer to computer services like Skype and fully integrated broadband phone service like Vonage.

How do we tax services that are offered for free, anonymously, or from outside the country?
Telecommunication law requires that telecommunication providers be registered so that they can be monitored and taxed. How will you tax a system like FWD? How do you justify taxing Vonage if you can't tax FWD? How will you tax home grown Voip networks built by friends and family?



Wireless pays more because the infrastructure is fundamentally more costly based on the need to pay license for spectrum. In addition the services are bundled with the infrastructure so tax is based on the total cost. If we realize that the infrastructure alone is taxable then the tax on wireless would be slightly reduced, but it would also fairly reflect the cost of the infrastructure.

If we then realize that the license fees are being paid back to the same entity that is doing the taxing we can lower the taxes by eliminating or reducing the license fees in rural areas.



Any time the government decides to get into the business of redistribution of wealth, and make no mistake that is exactly what the USF does, it runs into problems with waste, fraud and abuse.

I am not against reform of telecommunication taxes, I am not against taxing broadband connections to fund the USF. But it would be very harmful to establish taxes without disconnecting the services from the infrastructure. There is no need to tax the services because there is no need to subsidize those services in rural areas if the infrastructure is in place.

Well, in my opinion anyway. I would like to hear your thoughts on whether we should be subsidizing broadband in rural areas and if so how it should be funded.

Notes:
Read the article if you can. It provides a more comprehensive explanation.
If you want to know the legislators who are pushing for this, click the link in the article labelled letter. The letter is in PDF the signers are at the bottom.



Read The Full Thread:

Broadband Tax Article on CNET


I don't know how this escaped my attention when starting this thread last week,

scerruti posted "My response to the CNET article on the proposal to tax broadband to fund the USF." on 07/02/2005

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