Hungary protesters throw computer parts at government buildings in fight against internet tax

Three days after urging Prime Minister Viktor Orban to withdraw a proposed tax equal to roughly 60 U.S. cents for every gigabyte uploaded or downloaded in the country, more than 10,000 protesters returned to Budapest and set up similar demonstrations in several cities throughout the country.

The demonstrations began Sunday in response to Orban’s budget proposal for 2015, which included a tax imposed on Internet service providers (ISPs) reportedly based on an older, similar tax on telephone services. Though Orban and the conservative Fidesz political party said the tax money collected would help fund new broadband services in rural parts of the country, protesters argue that the ISPs will only pass the additional cost onto customers.

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Network World Colin Neagle