Would you pay a buck or two extra to get decent broadband access? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) thinks you might go along for the ride. And it’s not alone. The proposed Internet broadband tax, now up for review, counts Google, AT&T and Sprint among its many well-heeled backers.
But the proposed tax flies in the face of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, passed in 1998. Legislators created it to prevent the U.S. government from ever taxing the net — in any shape or form.
The proposal has been up for review and comments since April. If the tax passed, the money would flow right into the Connect America Fund, an FCC-created subsidy program for expanding U.S. broadband Internet access.
Yet opponents abound. Would this tax further Internet broadband access or hinder it? The idea is to get Internet access to the estimated 19 million Americans unable to get it. But there’s a fight brewing and one thing is certain. No politician in his or her right mind would stand on either side of this upcoming debate until this year’s November elections are behind us.
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