The United Nations is considering a new Internet tax targeting the largest Web content providers, including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Netflix.
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- Has anyone done any actual research on this topic? Hey CNET, please explain to me where the U.N. has the power to tax corporations? They can only pass non-binding resolutions outside the security council, so maybe they can suggest countries tax Google and Facebook, but they most certainly cannot tax these private companies themselves.
Please don't write misleading headlines for the sake of page views, people that don't know better start to distrust and fear the U.N. without rationale cause. This headline hurts public discourse, please be more careful.Jun 8, 2012
- Memo to France Telecom, Telecom Italia, and Vodafone Group: it can't be done. If you manage to make the content provider pay, they just turn around and charge the consumer from your country more to recover that amount. If they are providing free content, their recourse is to deny it to your people. You can try to collect directly from your citizens, and if they want the content bad enough they may pay you. Either way you can only get money from your own people, you can't dig into the deep pockets of the content providers.
But this is so blindingly obvious that it makes me wonder whether their real agenda is something else. Something like fracturing the Internet.Jun 8, 2012
- Bullshit they will.Jun 8, 2012
- The UN is full of a bunch of idiots that hate the united states. Screw their tax.Jun 8, 2012
- So.. UN employees don't pay tax, they also depend on US funding, the policy would isolate the third world.. so so stupid.. really hope this comes back and bites them in the bum..Jun 8, 2012
- Lol this is funny Google has more power then the U.N., people are dumb the companies will just say no we aren't paying and the U.N. will be like ok.....Jun 11, 2012