They want to make sure anyone who talks over the Internet pays the tax to subsidizes people who can’t afford phones (because you know… having a phone is a right). I love this quote:
The discrepancy has the industry scratching its head, Kohlenberger said. “The FCC’s efforts on VoIP are like trying to solve traffic and energy problems by stifling the rollout of energy-efficient hybrid vehicles, while subsidizing SUVs,” he said.
Indeed, why should I have to subsidize someone’s way more expensive land-line when I’m taking advantage of the free market to find the cheapest phone carrier (Skype in my case)?
This seems like it’s a slippery slope between taxing for the sake of subsidy and someday taxing instant messages and data packets to give people free Internet, but far be it for me to see anything positive about another dumb tax. And here I thought we were winning the phone tax war.