|Thank god. It took the FCC long enough, given its long history of modem
subsidies through artificially low connection charges for Internet ISPs to
long phone systems. While I would personally miss the ridiculously
underpriced fees paid for unlimited Internet access, a "modem tax" for
Internet access would shift some of the costs of maintaining local phone
infrastructure from poor residents who pay high fixed rates while making
relatively little use of local phones onto richer users who burden the local
phone infrastructure with heavy use of that phone infrastructure.
So two cheers for the modem tax.