Florida gets a clue: they won't tax VoIP

Good on Florida for removing a law from the books that would have probably made it easier to tax VoIP services.As colleague Marguerite Reardon explains, the law was originally intended to facilitate a tax on businesses that established their own communication networks to bypass the local phone network.

Good on Florida for removing a law from the books that would have probably made it easier to tax VoIP services.

As colleague Marguerite Reardon explains, the law was originally intended to facilitate a tax on businesses that established their own communication networks to bypass the local phone network.

But it seems that the Sunshine State's legislators have realized that when a business signs up with a VoIP provider, they are not "establishing their own communication networks." Such businesses are, instead, using the Internet for another of its capabilities.

And that, you see, is the case because VoIP is not telephony. It is the Internet.

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