Taxation of international telecommunications traffic

Note: this is a revised version of the contribution. The original was sent on 4 March 2011.

Discriminatory taxation of telecommunications services deters the adoption and use of broadband, mobile and other advanced ICT sector tools that are major drivers of development and growth in the information-based economy of the 21st century. Because telecommunications taxes often have the most stifling impact on the low income consumers who represent the greatest opportunity for achieving universal adoption of fixed or mobile broadband, these taxes are directly inconsistent with both Millennium Development Goals and the public policy of most countries that have implemented the taxes.

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