United Nations Considering Taxing Countries For Accessing Large Websites

Posted Jun 8, 2012

According to leaked documents from the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations is considering a levy on content-heavy websites like Facebook and Netflix to help pay for the bandwidth they use outside of the United States. This levy suggestion was put together by lobbyists that present some of Europe’s largest cellphone networks. This could be a huge setback for an open Internet across the world. The proposal suggests that Google and other companies should help pay for some of the costs necessary to bring their services to customers to the rest of the world. Cisco VP Robert Pepper argued that such a charge would cause web services to block queries from developing nations, which would “effectively cut them off from the Internet.” This motion will be discussed in an ITU council meeting in December. All 193 member countries will be able to vote on this motion.