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Submitted by Sie Kignaman on
Taxing telecommunications services, especially in developing countries, should be considered as one of the factors limiting the development of broadband. The governments, which often see telecommunications as a one of only a few sectors which are both thriving and served by large, often international, firms from which taxes can fairly readily be collected; and by operators, who argue that, in terms of economic growth, the sector is ‘the goose which lays the golden egg’, and should not be stunted by taxation. The point is again, tariffs on broadband, telecommunications equipment or devices have an big impact as well.