FCC Wants to Tax Broadband

Tech companies line up to lobby for and against
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2012 12:50 PM CDT
FCC Wants to Tax Broadband
The FCC is considering a broadband tax.   (Shutterstock)

The FCC is considering imposing a tax on all broadband Internet services to help pay for expanded access to, well, broadband services. The move has gotten lots of attention from tech companies, but little from anyone else, the Hill reports. "If members of Congress understood that the FCC is contemplating a broadband tax, they'd sit up and take notice," a consumer advocate against the tax said. But many tech companies, including Google, Sprint, and AT&T, are behind the move, which would mirror the fee consumers already pay on landline and cellphone bills. (More FCC stories.)

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