Category: Internet

Is a global internet tax coming in 2021?

The subject of taxing the internet — and everything that goes on over the internet — has been a hot issue virtually since the “network of networks” morphed from the NSF Net to the internet in the 1990’s.

The first phase of these tax debates was purely American, and it took place in the 1990’s when main street bookstores complained that online bookstores like Cadabra (renamed Amazon) — unlike main street bookstores — were selling books over the internet without collecting or paying sales taxes. Other main street merchants began to complain loudly as e-commerce rapidly expanded from books

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tens of thousands protest against coup despite internet blackout

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Myanmar in the first major demonstrations since the military seized power, despite a nationwide internet blackout imposed to stifle dissent.

In the main city Yangon on Saturday, protesters chanted “down with the military dictatorship” and carried images of the ousted leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and Win Myint, whose party won a landslide election in November. The military detained both in raids early on Monday morning and they have not been seen in public since.

Witnesses told Reuters that demonstrators gathered again on Sunday, with thousands of marchers

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Amazon responds to Elon Musk’s accusations of impeding SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet plans

  • Amazon’s satellite internet project on Thursday clarified its position in response to recent accusations from Elon Musk and SpaceX that Jeff Bezos’ company is attempting to “stifle competition” in the sector.
  • SpaceX’s Starlink and Amazon’s Kuiper are working to build space-based internet networks by launching thousands of satellites into orbit.
  • Amazon says the FCC should consider Starlink as a “newly designed system” and include it in a broader regulatory processing round that was open when SpaceX submitted a modification request last year.



Jeff Bezos wearing a suit and tie: Founder of Amazon as well as space company Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, speaks about the future of commercial space travel.


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Founder of Amazon as well as space company Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, speaks about

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Musk’s Internet-From-Space Subsidy at Risk as Rivals Protest

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission faces pressure from rural internet service providers to deny a planned $886 million subsidy to Elon Musk’s SpaceX for beaming broadband to underserved areas from outer space.



a large building: A Falcon 9 rocket is displayed outside the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) headquarters .


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A Falcon 9 rocket is displayed outside the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) headquarters .

Even before winning a competition for the funds, SpaceX had set up its service and begun launching satellites. More than 1,000 of the Starlink craft are now aloft, providing service to test subscribers. The company says its system “is uniquely positioned to deliver high-quality broadband service

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Internet Shutdowns Cost India $2.8B in 2020: Report

A new report shows India’s regional internet shutdowns in 2020 cost its economy approximately $2.8 billion, making it the country that suffered the most damage from internet manipulation by a government last year.

Internet shutdowns, or the intentional disruptions of internet access or electronic communications targeting a specific location or population, are often used by governments to control unrest but often lead to human rights abuses, from silencing the press and obstructing peaceful protests to cutting off access to information. 

Intermittent shutdowns across India, combined with the blackout in the disputed Kashmir region that extended over months, made up

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Uganda orders internet blackout until further notice – MTN

The logo of MTN is pictured in Abuja, Nigeria September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s communications regulator ordered telecoms operators in the country to suspend all internet gateways from Wednesday evening until further notice, South African telecoms company MTN Group said.

The blackout came on the eve of a presidential election in which long-time leader Yoweri Museveni is facing an opposition galvanised by popular singer Bobi Wine, despite a campaign marked by brutal crackdowns.

Ugandans reported difficulties accessing the internet via mobile devices and wireless connections on Wednesday evening and internet monitor NetBlocks said on Twitter

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