It’s the first time in the world a government has tried to tax the internet. A planned tax on web traffic brought thousands of Hungarians to the streets over the weekend, angry about a proposed $0.62 per gigabyte tax.
Videos from the protest showed people lifting their glowing cell phones in the air. Matt Hollander, 27, was in the crowd.
“It was the light of freedom, it was the light of the will of the people of Hungary,” he told Fusion via Skype.
And the government responded to the outrage, saying they’d cap the tax at about $3 a person. But that’s not enough for many, who say any tax on web traffic infringes on their freedom. Hollander says that more protests are planned for this week.
“The feeling of freedom is melting down in Hungary now,” he said. “Our goal is to forget about this internet tax.”