Bottom Line: Don’t Get Caught Web of Taxation

Posted: 09/2000 Don’t Get Caught Web of Taxation By A. Dale Currie Jr. and Bob Geppert When Scottish poet and novelist Sir Walter Scott wrote, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave,” it was a philosophical thought regarding people’s deceptive practices during the early 1800s.Of course, that was long before the advent of mass telecommunications […]

Bottom Line: Moving to Zero-Burden Tax Regime

Posted: 08/2000 Moving to Zero-Burden Tax Regime By George Abi-Esber Telecom services are generally subject to a multitude of transactional taxes as well as complex and burdensome sales and use tax administration systems. In addition to the 45 states (and the District of Columbia), more than 7,500 local jurisdictions impose sales and use taxes. That […]


IN-BOX Call for Nominations PHONE+ ( and the Association of Communications Enterprises ( are seeking nominations for recipients of the 2000 Communications Competition Award.The award recognizes individuals whose contributions have advanced competition in the telecommunications industry since the breakup of the AT&T-Bell System and will be presented jointly by PHONE+ and ASCENT at ASCENT’s Fall […]

A Taxing Situation

Posted: 06/2000 A Taxing Situation IRS, State Collection Methods Become Clearer By Gary T. Rhodus While clarity is appearing in the application, there is a fundamental lack of appreciation for what the changes mean to the prepaid service provider. The service provider will be relieved of tax liability in only a few cases. More often […]

Regulatory News – Bell Atlantic’s OSS Problems Spill Out of N.Y.

Posted:  05/2000 It’s a Broadband Bonanza By Kim Sunderland In the telecommunications world, maybe Capitol Hill should be referred to as Broadband Hill.With five pending pro-Bell broadband bills seeking resolution, the issue continues to simmer as the ILECs hold fast to their promise to push hard this year for legislative relief in offering advanced services. […]

Packet Tax Myths and Truths

Posted: 01/2000 Packet Tax Myths and Truths By Charlotte Wolter Every time an ATM network transmits data, it does so in a 53-byte packet called a cell, which includes a five-byte header of routing and payload information. Those five small bytes, the "ATM tax" as its detractors (mostly Internet protocol [IP] partisans) term it, have […]

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