A Berkeley city councilman is proposing an email tax to help the cash-poor United States Postal Service stay afloat.
Gordon Wozniak suggested that using email, which is partially responsible for killing off demand for letter-carrying services, could save “vital functions” of the post office, the news site Berkleyside reported.
“There should be ... a very tiny tax on email,” he told the City Council. “There should be something like a bit tax. I mean, a bit tax could be a cent per gigabit and they would still make, probably, billions of dollar a year.”
The problem is, such a levy wouldn’t be legal unless the Internet Tax Freedom Act is allowed to expire in 2014.