Feds propose broadband tax

The federal government’s proposed a plan to beef up nationwide broadband service. Who’s going to pay for it?

Just about everyone, if the proposal is enacted.

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) National Broadband Plan calls for the feds to increase broadband availablity, make the Internet faster, standardize electronic voting, increase telecommuting options, improve Web infrastructure, open access to government, boost mobile capability and expand e-learning opportunities.

The main goals: to improve broadband and wireless availability for emergency responders and support the nation’s move to electronic health records.

The proposed of funding the project? An added surcharge to broadband service. The FCC estimates a $1 tax per broadband user every month would be required to raise enough money.

Read more about the proposal here.

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