Hungarian Gov’t stepped back: no tax on internet providers’ data traffic (for now). It would have been the first in the world

On October 22, 2014, the Hungarian government announced its plan to levy the world’s first internet tax. The draft 2015 tax bill contains a provision for Internet providers to pay a tax of 150 forints (62 cents) per gigabyte of data traffic.

According to the news, protesters went on the streets and the Facebook page “100,000 against the internet tax” quickly garnered thousands of likes.

Due to the quick rise in protest, on October 31, 2014, the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, announced he was cancelling the internet tax. He said he would launch a “national consultation” on internet regulation in January to look for ways to tax some of the “huge profits generated online”.

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