Jukka Aho wrote:The whole idea of the new tax is it will replace the old, ailing TV fee system. Unlike the old system, the tax will no longer be tied to the ownership of a television set. If you’re an adult whose annual income is in excess of 7,813 euros, you’ll pay the tax no matter what you decide to do to your existing TV. (The ‘technicality’ of owning or not owning a TV set is no longer considered too relevant as these days most everything YLE produces is also provided to the general public on the Internet – and via FM radio, of course – and because the concepts of “TV”, “radio”, “Internet” (as services) and “TV set”, “PC”, “smartphone”, “tablet PC” (as devices) are converging anyway.)
Yeah, yeah... can't fight the system but as someone else has mentioned on here, I believe that I'll be paying double since we do pay to put internet into our home. It's still a choice to watch or not and my choice is not to watch.
There is techonolgy available to allow YLE to broadcast into homes (via TV, computers, smart phones) who've paid and to cut broadcast into homes/devices who've not paid ie many TV programs from other countries are not authorised to be shown, in Finland, from their websites via computers, smartphones,etc.
We're paying to provide support to those who don't work and/or have lower incomes. If all programming were indeed educational then I would be in full support of this new proposal but programmes are not all educational or interesting. Grab a book/magazine/newspaper and read. Taxes support libraries putting books on the shelf. All people use the library in one form or the other.
TV is not a necessity in one's life. It's a time-killer, yes, but if someone has the time to actually watch TV, that's their choice, ain't it?