Gotta love how “legal” innovation works. Tax everything … (to death)
Pesky upstarts such as Skype will no longer be able to offer VoIP service in India, because they were apparently not giving the Indian government a slice of the pie. Such unlicensed providers weren’t paying the 12% service tax and 6% VoIP revenue sharing fee. Elsewhere, outfits like Skype and Net2phone compete with government-run incumbents. Lebanon tackled this problem by passing a law stating that no broadband provider could offer upstream speeds faster than 32kbps. Banning Skype via network hardware is also a big business, and companies such as Verso are happy to oblige.