Tens of Thousands Protest Internet Tax in Hungary
October 29, 2014
The original proposal would create a tax on internet usage of 150 forints per gigabyte transfer of data (about $0.62) levied on internet providers.
The government presented a new proposal on Monday that would place a cap of 700 forints per month (about $2.89) for individuals and a cap of 5,000 forints per month ($20.61) for businesses.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the government said that the tax is needed to “make up for revenue lost due to the widespread use of the Internet and its free-of-charge communication that substitutes more traditional voice connections.”
It doesn’t appear that the new proposal satisfied protesters with the largest protest yet at around 100,000 people according to Reuters.
The European commission also came out against the measure.
“If Hungary becomes a precedent in this instance, it can become a problem in a lot of other member states and can be a problem for Europe’s wider economic growth,” the spokesman of the EU’s digital commissioner said, according to the Guardian.