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Subject: [IP] more on EU to tax e-mail, text messages? | Tech News on ZDNet

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • To: ip@v2.listbox.com
  • Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 19:42:12 -0400



Begin forwarded message:

From: Bob Frankston <Bob2-19-0501@bobf.frankston.com>
Date: May 27, 2006 12:04:12 PM EDT
To: dave@farber.net, ip@v2.listbox.com
Subject: RE: [IP] EU to tax e-mail, text messages? | Tech News on ZDNet

It would be useful for someone to ask him how he plans to tax email or even the definition of email.



But there&#x2019;s a precedent &#x2013; the Stamp Act. It tried to tax all communication by taxing paper.



The issue is not so much the misunderstanding but the degree to which these misunderstandings goes unchecked and unchallenged. Shouldn&#x2019;t the press do more than transcribing such statements? At very least shouldn&#x2019;t they be asking for clarification. Maybe this is indeed overblown and is not going to go anywhere. What is the status of that working group?



I can understand the idea of taxing SMS &#x2013; after all, the carriers&#x2019; purpose in life is billing so you can&#x2019;t send an SMS without generating a billable event. But outside the world of carriers billability is not the primarily purpose of life.



I see a parallel with the Smithsonian withdrawing itself from the public. It&#x2019;s not the 30 year exclusivity as much as the inability to understand a world in which we aren&#x2019;t forced to go through intermediaries because we are able to create the solutions ourselves. Today we can find our own paths through the infrastructure instead of relying on services from those who insist on carrying messages on our behalf whether or not we want them to.



I presume these efforts are no different from the challenge of coming to terms with other new technologies &#x2013; the auto-mobile, tele-graph or, for that matter, the wheel.



From: David Farber [mailto:dave@farber.net]
Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2006 07:44
To: ip@v2.listbox.com
Subject: [IP] EU to tax e-mail, text messages? | Tech News on ZDNet





http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6077464.html?tag=zdnn.alert



European Union lawmakers are investigating a proposed tax on e-mails and mobile phone text messages as a way to fund the 25-member bloc in the future.

A European Parliament working group is reviewing the idea, tabled by Alain Lamassoure, a prominent French MEP and member of the center- right European People's Party, the assembly's largest group.

Lamassoure, a member of Jacques Chirac's UMP party, is proposing to add a tax of about 1.5 cents on text or SMS messages and a 0.00001 cent levy on every e-mail sent.



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