Hungary Withdraws its Proposed Internet Tax (For Now)

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Following continued protests, Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has announced that he's withdrawing plans for his proposed Internet tax—at least for now.

Orbán took to the radio this morning to explain that the government won't move ahead with the proposal to tax the transfer of data. But he did point out that he is "still convinced that extending the telecommunication tax would be just." Instead, a national consultation will follow, as early as January 2015—though it's far from clear that it will swing in a direction that most web-savvy Hungarians would favour. [Hungary Today]