With cities and states still making bald-faced attempts at taxing internet services, such as VoIP, it's good to see that the new Congress seems committed to preventing such actions. Just one day into the new session, proposals have been put forth, from both sides of the aisle, to extend and expand the moratorium on internet taxation. Additionally, there was legislation proposed that would repeal a federal tax on local telephone service -- also a good thing. But it was not all good news. Everyone's favorite Senator, Ted Stevens, wasted no time introducing a bill that would add taxes to broadband bills. Stevens' measure, which would help extend the series of tubes to rural areas is called the Universal Service for Americans Act. For some reason, both the name and the act's intent sound awfully familiar to another bad idea. So, if you were hoping that the new Congress might bring about a break from all of the recent partisan wrangling over internet and telecom issues, you're out of luck.
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