San Jose UUT?

Mark Kent mark at
Thu Nov 22 18:30:26 UTC 2007

Looking to fill the NANOG US Thanksgiving void
(as a Canadian in the USA, I have some spare time):

In San Jose, an upstream is charging us this 5% tax:

I think it's bogus, because the tax "applies to intrastate telephone
communications only" and, consistent with the long-standing FCC 128
tariff, Internet circuits are regarded has being interstate and not

But the upstream says:

>> Our tax advisors at Deloitte have confirmed that we are required to
>> charge the San Jose User Utility Tax shown on your invoice. 
>> The Internet Tax Freedom Act exemption is not applicable to our
>> services as this exemption is for internet access only, not
>> bandwidth usage.

I think the last sentence is not relevant, but even if it
is relevant, is it correct?   I note that wikipedia says:

>> This law bars federal, state and local governments from taxing
>> Internet access and from imposing discriminatory Internet-only
>> taxes such as bit taxes, BANDWIDTH TAXES, and email taxes.

I know, IANAL, YANAL, Wiki is not a lawyer...  but I figure someone
else must have previously dealt with this (or something very close).


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