Cable or Phone? Difference Can Be Taxing

Very interesting article from the NY Times on the growing tax debate on cable vs phone companies and taxes.

Are you paying monthly taxes on your high-speed Internet connection?
The answer, bizarrely, depends on whether you use a cable connection or a telephone data line, even though the two services offer comparable access to the Internet.
In Minnesota, for example, customers of Earthlink Inc., an Internet service provider, who get broadband access from a cable modem pay no tax on the service. But Earthlink customers who get their high-speed access through telephone digital subscriber lines have to pay $3.10 a month in state and local taxes and other surcharges. A similar tax distinction is made in 17 other states and the District of Columbia.
(full story)