Broadband ISPs taxed for "generating light energy"

Owen DeLong owen at
Tue Oct 10 15:40:34 UTC 2006

On Oct 10, 2006, at 8:08 AM, Bill Woodcock wrote:

>> Sounds reasonable to me. Since the sale of energy is
>> usually measured in kilowatt-hours, how many kwh of
>> energy is transmitted across the average optical fibre
>> before it reaches the powereda mplifier in the destination
>> switch/router?
> Also, remember, it's _net_ energy delivered which matters...  I'm  
> sure the
> customer is delivering light back toward the ISP as well.
>                                 -Bill

 From my reading of the article, it appears that they are attempting to
tax at 12.5 percent, the ISPs entire service revenue because that
revenue is derived from the delivery of light energy, thus making the
"IP service" actually a "utility product".

It looks like the tax department is arguing that what is currently being
billed/taxed as a service is actually a product and such product should
be subject to VAT.

It would be akin to California adding 7.75% to my ISP bill for sales  


-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: PGP.sig
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 186 bytes
Desc: This is a digitally signed message part
URL: <>

More information about the NANOG mailing list