[CLUG] [OT] Government Bandwidth Tax
mulley at esatclear.ie
Sat Apr 1 02:11:13 IST 2000
This is an absolute scandal. How are we supposed to become the
best country in the world for E-Commerce if theres going to be a
bandwidth tax ? Those people in goverment buildings don't
understand the net at all.
Taken from Rueters :
Irish Goverment Press Release.
The Finance Minister Charles MacCreevy will next week announce
a new bandwidth tax on computer networks whose final destination
is a computer located outside Ireland. The Minister has been in
consultation with various Computer Consultancy and Accountancy
firms as well as the Minister for Trade Mary O'Ruorke.
"We believe that this will significantly increase the amount of tax
collected from the technology areas and with this money we can
reinvest it in goverment computing facilties" said Mr. MacCreevy.
The Minister of Trade is quoted as saying "We believe that this
will encourage people that use the internet in Ireland to choose
Irish Based webservices .It will be very beneficial for Irish
Companies whose websites are located within Ireland. Companies
whose webservers are outside Ireland will now be strongly
encouraged to source their hosting needs within Ireland. We
believe that with this bold Goverment Initiative at least 13 jobs will
be created in the first 12-18 months."
Those that surf onto Irish Websites from abroad will not have to
pay the tax. There have been some claims that this move is
xenophobic and encouraging people to choose Irish Websites only.
This appears to be the first stage in a daring plan to help Irish
Online Business prosper. There are also hints that the goverment
may drop the contoversial Television License fee and instead
introduce a Computer Internet License.
Content Taken from Rueters
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