Hungary's prime minister says the government will suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year.
Two protests within the past week attended by tens of thousands of people were sparked by a scheme to make Internet service providers pay 150 forints ($0.62, 0.49 euros) per gigabyte of Internet traffic, later proposed to be capped at different monthly rates for individual and business users.
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Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday the tax will not be introduced because "people have questioned the rationality" of the measure, but added the government will hold a national consultation from mid-January about regulating and taxing the Internet.
Orban also said Hungary would stick to its plan to offer broadband Internet access to every household by 2020.