Prepare to pay more for broadband

By Julio Franco
Jun 10, 2003
  1. If you own a cable modem, expect a substantial increase in your monthly rates if a proposal currently before the Federal Communications Commission goes forward.

    The FCC is considering levying an additional tax of up to 9.1 percent on the revenue of cable modem providers. In theory, a cable provider is not required to pass the tax increase along to customers, but in practice, companies tend to do just that. EarthLink said last week that it would raise prices because of digital subscriber line (DSL) taxes imposed by state governments. It's safe to assume that EarthLink will do the same thing if a cable modem tax comes along from the federal government.

    Read more: CNet News.
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    I will gladly pay a tax on broadband access if someone will pass some kind of legislation that makes spam completely illegal.

    If my government will pledge to clean up cyberspace (well - remove the annoying bits, anyway, would be nice. Lets face it, some of the illegal things are what the internet is all about) and stops my 5 year old sister from getting spam with pictures of women having sex with dogs :eek: puke: , I will gladly pay.

    Somehow, though, I think they will make a tax anyway and then do nothing. But then governments suck.
  3. tkteo

    tkteo TS Rookie Posts: 52

    Or find a way to make spammers pay this broadband tax!!!
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    .. Or just do away with the Internet entirely ... It's rubbish! :)
  5. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15


    Dude, the internet is great. If you ask me UT wouldnt be UT without online support. and its all about UT ;) (Unreal Tournament)

    Not to mention, if the internet is rubbish, why have you spend your time posting here 2843 times?

    BTW, love the location :D :haha: :D

    The internet is good damnit! (sorry)
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