eu: Reding distances herself from Sarkozy proposal to tax the Net
Posted in: Government & Policy at 23/01/2008 06:57
The European Union telecommunications commissioner, Viviane Reding, distanced herself Monday from a proposal by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to impose a tax on Internet and mobile phone access, saying it might not be the best way to expand access to new media.
At a conference in Munich, Reding said that the proposal, made during a speech this month, ran contrary to her vision of a Europe where borderless and inexpensive access to Internet and cellphone networks was the standard.
"I believe the taxation of the new technology might not be the right way in order to arrive at the goal of seamless use of new communication by all citizens," Reding said during an interview. She characterized Sarkozy's proposal as "the beginning, not the end of the discussion."