United Nations Secretly Planning to Tax Internet Providers

Recently released documents reveal that the United Nations International Telecommunication Union is working on plans that would allow them to tax the major Internet Web content providers.  The list of tax targets includes Google, Apple, Netflix and Facebook.

According to the report I read, the tax proposal originated with a lobby group based in Brussels called European Telecommunications Network Operators Association, or ETNO.  This group is said to represent companies in thirty-five countries who are trying to force these taxes to be collected, most likely for their use.  The ETNO members of the ITU is calling for the current telecommunications treaty to be amended to allow the taxing of major Internet providers for the privilege of serving non-US web users.

A number of European telecommunication companies such as Vodafone Group, Telecom Italia and France Telecom want US based providers like Google and Apple to pay fees linked to usage in their countries, much like phone companies do now for international phone calls.  No one has yet offered exactly what this would cost the US companies, but considering that telephone companies are paying around $5.4 billion a year for international phone access and usage, the figure for the web based fees are sure to be much higher since web usage far outweighs phone usage.

Senior manager for public policy at the Internet Society, Sally Shipman Wentworth said the ETNO proposal is extremely worrisome and that, "It could create an enormous amount of legal uncertainty and commercial uncertainty."

Robert Pepper, Cisco's vice president for global technology policy suggests that if the proposed amendment to the treaty is pushed forward that it could cause some US based Internet providers to refuse to connect to those developing countries because of the exorbitant fees that they would have to pay.  The result, according to Pepper is that many countries could find themselves virtually cut off from any US based Internet providers.

When the proposal comes up later this year, it will be interesting to see what happens.  There are 193 countries that are members of ITU and each country has a single vote.  Undoubtedly, the US representative will vote against the proposal, but many are not sure who else will side the US.  One thing is clear and that is if the proposal is adopted, it may launch a barrage of international legal battles unlike anything we’ve seen before.  It will also affect all of us in some way or other as the big companies like Google, Apple, Netflix and Facebook will find ways of charging us to pay for their extorted international dealings and connections.


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E4UROQUCWONR2CZX2S4ULD6E54 VN combat veteran using no mor

    .......get this GODDAMN.........UN....meaning SAME as 'New World Order' out of ANYTHING to do with ANYTHING!!!......listen up PEOPLE....this means no more than UPCOMING........UPRISINGS.......RIOTS.......AND much much MORE for the future of this GLOBE....'mark my words'.............................................................................

    • Attested

      VN, Ain't been exactly where you are, or have been. It's a new world out there. Do the good you can. And don't let the demons type for you. You've proven that you're better than that. JS, DAv, US Army, Infantry, (Black Beanie.)

  • tcdesalvo

    Looks like someone finally figured out how to shut down the immediate and free disemination of information world wide. Back to what ever the main stream media wants you to know. No more real time conversations with real people dealing with real situations. Information is power. To control the free flow of information - well, you get it.

  • PMDavis

    The UN is as evil as anything out there. They need money to keep bailing all these falling nations so they are trying to tax everything they can. And this will keep giving them more and more control of the internet and put it under their control. This whole world is slowly being closed in on but the end times are coming, you better get ready.

    • Screeminmeeme

      PMDavis...Amen. And it's happening faster every day.

  • Commentator

    Plowing forward through the water with only slight turns, this huge, unstoppable ship of fools. And there's no brakes on a ship. The end cannot be pretty, it sure is no utopia.

  • Bob from Calif.

    Why not charge them to be connected to Facebook, Google and such. Who needs them.

  • dad666

    The U.N. has no legal standing in the U.S. and relies on our taxes for most of their income and financial support.
    Congress should defund and deport the whole bunch. Their agenda is contrary to the needs of this nation and represent a clear and present danger to the citizens of this nation.

    • Evaluator

      Unfortunately, the Obama administration is lock step with the UN. Hillary Clinton is working with the UN on an Arms Control treaty, which has not been written to date that I am aware of, but my serious concerns are that it will be like the health care law, "We'll find out what's in it after Obama signs the agreement. Despite the fact that all treaties must be approved by Congress, in much the same way as last weeks announcement of Obama's immigration reform, which also required Congressional action. An "Arms Treaty" to me would sound like major weapons system, while in actuality, it is an end run on the 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bare arms.
      I would say that all of this garbage is part of Agenda 21 and the New World Order Bull $hit.
      I totally agree we should "Divorce" the United Nations and in addition, pay no alimony!!! We have far better ways to spend our tax dollars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wayne-Palmer/100002130374092 Wayne Palmer

    Divide and conquer. If the people's of the world can't talk to each other, the state propaganda agencies will have a monopoly on information and resistance movements to the One World Government will have no way of communicating...even individuals will be cut off from each other - each to face governmental tyranny in lonely silence.

  • ARMYOF69

    Toss the UN. Members out of my country.....Let them find a home somewhere where the devil lives, Iran comes to mind. USA out of UN, UN out of MY COUNTRY.....

  • Chuck

    If we all know about it, how can it be a secret?

  • samtman

    I just wonder how one can "secretly tax anybody" .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

    First of all defund the UN it would solve a lot of problems with these idiots. To google and the rest do not pay. Why?? For the simple economic reason they need us a lot more than we need them. And no UN law can supersede US law.

  • wkelly10103

    i want the US out of the UN! they do us no good and are just waiting to take over and make a one world order that they can help control with obozo.

  • gnafuasusual

    The UN IS NOT PART OF UNITED STATES! Regardless of what Clinton and Obama tell us, UN has no such authority over Ameican Citizens or our Military. Just that simple.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IBPI63ABT264USBDALCN4F7UKY billy2

    Isn't or wasn't this something that the great hitler wanted, oh yes, probably would have made a better prez than the pos, we have now.........NOT, their both made from the same mold and am not sure hitlery doesn't have a set of balls

  • VocalYokel

    Perhaps they should just cut off service to the offending countries.
    The revolt of users who would be affected by this would certainly get their attention!

    Get the US out of the UN &
    Get the UN out of the US !

  • pam

    We Need To Get The UN Out Of the USA. They don't have any Legal Right to take anything over In the USA . & Also we the USA Need to get out of the UN & tell the UN that We Don't need them .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GKUXVJY4U5QLCMNMYJZCGTTTCA sawdustcity

    At this point in time, it's not a given that the US will vote against it., If it involves a tax the WH will be all over it, and try to find a way to skim their cut off the top.

  • CWinBaltimore

    The best threat is what was mentioned in the article, start disconnecting service to those countries supporting this amendment to the treaty. Most email get's routed through the US, how do you think it'll fly when France, or Romania can't email reliably outside their own borders? When their access to business resources and markets over the internet is shut OFF? They'll tell those in theior countries that are angling for this to STFU to coin some internet shorthand.

  • strugglebuggy

    I always wanted to oust the UN and this is why. Blood sucking leeches are ruining everything in this world.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4ZQ6I2GKBRIL2CZAWZZO44HWQY Doc

    The UN can't tax anyone in the U.S. We need to just kick them out of the country.

  • Robalou01

    Did they consult with "The Reverend" Jesse Jackson? He's an expert on shake downs...I thought it was just the USA which was going nuts. Apparently the rest of the world is following along. So if no one works where will all the taxes come from??? Might as well quit like Greece

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Horton/100000278827311 Jeff Horton

    Wake Up the U.N. are Socialist and Communist ran organization! Read agenda 21, and see for your self.

  • Jim VanBeek

    Providers, please just cut off any country from your servers if they seek payment. Users and you pay for your connection to the internet. That is enough.