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“Tax part of Internet”
Letter to Editor
Dick Armey's commentary of May 4 ("Cyberspace is the last frontier; don't let them tax the Internet") is a typical politician's one-sided presentation of a subject with many issues. For example, Internet access via land line, cable, wi-fi or other technologies should be taxable just as land line and cable are for telephone and television use. E-mail, on the other hand, as well as information access and distribution should not be taxed since there is no tax on postal service or library use, e-mail's natural competitors.
Products and services bought and sold via the Internet should be subject to all taxes levied today just as if you went to your local hardware store, bookseller, or antique shop. A sales tax is a sales tax regardless of where or how you buy the product.
The people and organization connectivity, information access, educational value, and search engine capabilities of the Internet are the essence of what needs to be available to everyone tax-free. Everything else should be subject to fair taxation.