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    Louisiana Mulling $0.15 Internet Fee

    We've always heard that the best things in life are free. We've also heard that nothing great lasts forever. Mix those two mantras together, and you get this. Down in Louisiana, a $0.15 surcharge is being tossed around as an idea to stop online criminal activity (and raise state income, no doubt), which would be levied on Internet access across the state. Sadly, the House has already voted in favor with an 81-9 vote, though Governor Bobby Jindal strongly opposes.

    The idea here is to raise money to finance a division that investigates Internet crimes, particularly online sex crimes against children. According to those who got the ball rolling, the measure would raise some $2.4 million per year for the department, and as with all "minor taxes," those in support are suggesting that such a small tax would be hardly noticeable. Of course, it's not the initial tax that stings -- it's the fact that lawmakers will likely raise it year after year that really has us worried.

    Opposers view this as an unlawful tax on Internet access, and there's hardly any debating the fact that the open and untaxed access has enabled the Web to become a serious powerhouse for economic development. This week, the bill is heading to the Senate for more debate, and if passed, the charge would begin in 2010 and would show up on users' monthly ISP bills. As expected, public access points (libraries and schools, for example) would be exempt.
    http://hothardware.com/News/Louisian...Internet-Fee-/

    Can't say that I'm surprised this is happening, I am surprised however that it hasn't happened already. The fact that this is happening now just means that the lawmakers are finally catching up to technology, albeit very very slowly. After all, the internet is a series of tubes, it is not a truck.
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    Fifteen cents a month? Sounds fair. Anyone who opposes it is a sex offending pirate.

    Also why does that senator catch so much flak for calling the internet 'a series of tubes?' Don't technologists frequently refer to internet sources as 'pipes?' Isn't a pipe some sort of tube? Am I missing something here? Series of tubes seems a like a perfectly reasonable analogy to me.

    I do agree that the internet is definitely not a truck though. That is an indisputable assertion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aboveAverage View Post
    Fifteen cents a month? Sounds fair. Anyone who opposes it is a sex offending pirate.

    Also why does that senator catch so much flak for calling the internet 'a series of tubes?' Don't technologists frequently refer to internet sources as 'pipes?' Isn't a pipe some sort of tube? Am I missing something here? Series of tubes seems a like a perfectly reasonable analogy to me.

    I do agree that the internet is definitely not a truck though. That is an indisputable assertion.
    Everything you said makes perfect sense.

    I HEREBY DECLARE ABOVEAVERAGE THE LEADER OF THE INTERNETS!
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    Thanks a lot!

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    Wait I'm confused then... who's the leader of the interwebs?

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    And why does George Bush catch so much flak for 'internets?' There are two internets.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_2

    Those who are grammar astute pluralize when they are talking about things that there are more than one of.

    I just don't get it. You Americans will always ignore the facts when it comes to defaming the legacy of your world leaders.

    Are you just mad because he has access to both internets and you don't?

    The truth hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aboveAverage View Post
    ' There are two internets. \.
    I think my mind just exploded

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    He copped so much flack because he used the term 'internet' as a drop in replacement for 'email'. The truck analogy left a lot to be desired, even if the tubes metaphor is closer to the truth.

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