Bill that would tax Internet phone users headed for governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Internet phone users would be charged an extra dollar each month to pay for 911 services under legislation on its way to the governor.

Representative Ulysses Jones Junior's bill passed the House 87-to-7 yesterday, hours after being approved 28-to-1 in the Senate. It's not yet known whether the governor plans to sign the bill.

Mobile and landline customers are already charged a 911 surcharge, but Voice over Internet Protocol users do not currently pay for the service.

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