Broadband ISPs taxed for "generating light energy"

Michael.Dillon at Michael.Dillon at
Wed Oct 11 09:20:06 UTC 2006

> A Cisco ZX GBIC produces a max of 4.77 dBm (or less than 4mw).  4mw 
> corresponds to 35 watt hours in one year.

.035 kwh per year costs 34.5 cents per year using
the average US electricity cost in March 2006 of
9.86 cents/kwh.

Since the energy flow could be bidirectional,
one of the two parties receives a net benefit
of up to 34.5 cents. 

If a broadband provider offers customers 
a free gift such as a hat, does this make them
into a hat retailer for tax purposes?

--Michael Dillon

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