French conservative MEP Alain Lamassoure wants the budget-strapped EU to tax sms and email:
For email, the rate could be as little as €0.00001. “This is peanuts, but given the billions of transactions every day, this could still raise an immense income.”
Ironport’s data suggests that global email volume for 2006 will be in excess of 1000B messages. If we assume the EU’s share of this to be roughly proportional to it’s share of global GDP (receding from 18%), then Mr Lamassoure’s tax on email might raise in the region of €2M pa, excluding admin costs, which, given the EU’s record, would certainly exceed revenues. Before translation starts, each MEP costs approaching €2.5M, suggesting that getting rid of Mr Lamassoure might be smarter. With friends like this, why fear Iran?
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Long live the knowledge economy?