Mexico Protests with #internetnecesario and A 300 Person Human Tweet
In response to a 3% tax on broadband access,Mexican citizens began on and off-line protests.
Last week, Mexico mobilized Twitter users with the hash tag #internetnecesario, which translates into “the internet is a necessity” along with human “tweet demonstrations”. The Mexican public has been protesting, both virtually and off-line ever since a 3% tax on broadband access was announced.
Never Neutral reports:
According to recent studies, Mexico is populated by more than a hundred million inhabitants, yet only 6 million have broadband access and just 11.3 million computers are connected to the Internet. On top of that, Mexico has one of the most expensive Internet Service Porvider monopolies (and I would say one of the worst) in the world.
There are major consequences to such a tax. Mexico is not yet a fully developed country and taxing an essential communication tool will only damage the development of information exchange, knowledge, research, education and ultimately the development of the country itself.