Hungary recently proposed a tax on internet traffic that would bring in an additional $82 million a year on top of the $675 million collected in 2013. This didn’t go over well with Hungarians, and tens of thousands took to the streets in protest last weekend in response to what would have amounted to a tax on every gigabyte transferred.
It wasn’t just the Hungarian people that disagreed with the tax, the European Commission's head of digital, Neelie Kroes, took to Twitter to say the proposed internet tax in Hungary is a shame, "a shame for users and a shame on the Hungarian government. I do not support!”
Now, just over a week after the internet traffic tax proposal was unveiled, it appears as though it will be thrown out. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the plan cannot be “introduced in its current form.” While most of the taxes collected would have been from companies, the Prime minister said that in its current state the proposal was being perceived as an “internet tax” as opposed to a telecommunication tax, the way it was intended.
The plan isn’t entirely squashed just yet though, Hungarian officials will return to the drawing board for what is being described as a long “national consultation” in order to come up with something suitable for the public.