This state *already* has a VoIP tax (sort of)

As many of you know, home users need a cable modem or DSL connection to use VoIP.So let's say you are paying $39.

As many of you know, home users need a cable modem or DSL connection to use VoIP.

So let's say you are paying $39.99 a month for your broadband hookup -about double you might be charged if you didn't have broadband.

If you live in Wisconsin, the state will tax you 5% on that $39.99 a month. That works out to $2 bucks every 30 days.

Doesn't sound like much, but a Congressional moratorium on Internet taxes passed last December says that after November 1, 2006, states have no right to imposesuch levies.

At least that's the way many state lawmakers see it. But apparently not the administration of Democrat Governor Jim Doyle.

Today's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reportsstate administration officials believe that since the federal law was passed after Wisconsin first enacted the Internet tax in 1991, the state'sInternet levy is, in effect, grandfathered in.

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who authored the federal legislation, says he doesn't agree. Neither does Wisconsin State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald(R-Juneau) who fears the State of Wisconsin will get sued if they stick with the policy.

Sounds like this mattermight beheaded for the courts.

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