Can e-mails be taxed?

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Author's Note: Can e-mails be taxed?

Let's face it -- if our Internet service providers added a 10-cent tax to our monthly bills in the form of a bit tax, how many of us would even notice? Not many, probably. But many people still see the Internet as a free, wild place where information is shared and proliferated at a wonderfully low cost to the end user. That's probably why so many people have a violent reaction to the idea of an e-mail tax. Well, that and the fact that people just hate taxes. Long live free e-mail!

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