Charles C. W. Cooke
July 22, 2012
The U.N. recently revived its long-held desire to take control of the Internet. It is unlikely to get its way. So, led by European nations â€” who else? â€” it has hit upon another means by which to exercise its influence: Taxes. CNET reports:
The United Nations is considering a new Internet tax targeting the largest Web content providers, including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Netflix, that could cripple their ability to reach users in developing nations.
The European proposal, offered for debate at a December meeting of a U.N. agency called the International Telecommunication Union, would amend an existing telecommunications treaty by imposing heavy costs on popular Web sites and their network providers for the privilege of serving non-U.S. users, according to newly leaked documents.