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Yeah, but the problem is that they're even taxing digital downloads so Netflix, iTunes might not even work. The good news is that since tax is a percentage of price, if price is $0 so is the tax. So Hulu might be an alternative to TV, Skype, iChat, Google Video might be alternatives to phones, but it'll be hard to avoid the tax altogether.
tlhorset writes "An in-depth analysis of the impact the proposed NY state budget may have on technology services including Cable and Satellite Television and Radio, Digital Content, Telephone and Internet Sales and its users. Budgetary impact can range from $100 a year per household to several hundred dollars based on their technology services and purchasing habits with sadly, no real way to escape it short of using free services." Link to Original Source