New Portland Phone Tax Causes Lawsuit With Internet Service Providers Salt Lake City
A November 2012 vote which would have raised up to five million dollars for Portland police department reforms has come under fire from one of the most prominent internet service providers Salt Lake City. CenturyLink has decided to file a lawsuit against the City of Portland because it feels that the wireline tax will interfere with the ISP’s ability to compete with other providers.
In addition, the ISP claims that the tax violates the law, both on a state and federal level, and doesn’t include wireless operators, the most dominant, at least in Portland, where over 3 million subscribers enjoy the service. Other providers in the area wouldn’t comment on the lawsuit, even though some of them have a significant presence there.