Will Any Voice Chat Software Be Taxed?
from the how-to-kill-a-new-technology dept
Following New Hampshire's attempt to tax IM, and a recent VoIP legislation amendment that opened up any voice chat related application to taxation, Declan McCullough is noticing that politicians appear to be moving closer to taxing any software that allows voice chat, in order to put more dollars in the universal service fund. Now, increasing universal access isn't a bad thing, but why should software that has nothing to do with the telephony system be forced to support the telephony system? As the article suggests, it's like taxing cars to support horse troughs. It's yet another situation where an older technology feels they deserve fees from a newer technology because they can't figure out how to compete and avoid becoming obsolete.