'Consumer' Group Wants Netflix To Tax Customers To Give To Telcos?

from the really? dept

This one's a bit bizarre. We were just talking about the ridiculous boondoggle called the Universal Service Fund, which is one of those "taxes" on your phone bill that's supposed to go towards having the big telcos supply service to rural areas. Of course, since there's no oversight, it seems like most of the money just goes into the telcos coffers. There are all sorts of ways to deal with this, but one idea that makes no sense at all has been put forth by the Consumer Federation of America... who thinks that Netflix should be "taxed" to provide money for the USF. Why? Um, that's not clear. Basically CFA seems to think that big internet companies should now pay up just because:
"The Internet is not an infant industry anymore. It can certainly bear the burden of making sure that wires and the communications mediums are there."
So, really, what this "consumer" group is suggesting is that Netflix raise its prices on consumers, to give telcos more money that they just use to pay for operations, rather than actually investing in infrastructure for the disconnected. How does that possibly help "consumers"?

Filed Under: broadband, consumers, tax, usf
Companies: consumer federation of america, netflix

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), 25 Feb 2011 @ 8:40am

    Re: Well, this is epically stupid

    [sarc] (In the voice of the elite)
    Here's the way the world is supposed to work:
    1% of us are super wealthy and we're supposed to get anything we want at essentially no cost because we're entitled to it and just plain better than you.

    The rest of the schmucks on this planet better break their fucking backs 20 hours and day and 82.357% of every penny they earn makes it way to my pockets anyhow--not that I need it, it's simply that they do NOT need it.

    Now you know, you my cease being ignorant.


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