Telecommunications, by it's very nature, is perhaps the most international of all services. So, as I follow the internet tax/telecom tax/VoIP tax issue, I found this article from Europe to be interesting.
Europe's main telecommunications operator's association (ENTO) said it is not asking the UN to impose internet taxes on content providers. Rather the ENTO wants telecommunications network operators to consider commercial deals with the content giants. ENTO would prefer to offer commerical arrangements where partners get a preferred/priority level of service.
That sounds very profitable for them. ENTO is smart. Why charge a tax, when you could charge a fee that affects the competitive nature of the game and has some upside?
Telecom tax, VoIP tax, internet tax and the global future of internet policy is being decided right now.
ETNO's proposal was submitted as a topic for debate at the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in December.
You can read more about it here: