Now while reading this story in my complimentary USA Today I realized why Bells did not really get that upset about the Vonage decision. Because they want video streams to be treated like data streams and avoid paying the local cities cable franchisee tax. Anything to save a buck or two, as they say. “What we’re really talking about isn’t a whole lot different than what Vonage faced,” SBC Senior Vice President Dorothy Atwood told USA Today. The FCC could issue such a decision in the future, FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield added. Anyway cities and municipalities are digging their heels on this one, and could turn this into a political hair-ball for the phone companies.