>Germany’s New Internet License Fee

>I don’t know about you but I have 7 devices that could access the internet. I would be pretty pissed off if I was charged an additional $35 a month.

“‘Beginning January 1st, Germany will require payment of a license fee of 5.52 euros a month on computers and mobile phones that can access TV and radio programs over the Internet. Like the current TV and radio license fees, the money will support national and local public TV and radio stations. German companies with many computers are predictably upset.’

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Posted on October 22, 2006, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. >I wonder how many US travelers that take their internet-capable phones and their laptops with them to the Bundesrepublik know that they are breaking the law?Or maybe there is an exemption for non-residents.There wasn’t any exemption in England for military residents, and my Dad had to pay the radio tax while stationed there back in the ’50’s.This is a Euro custom that they can keep.

  2. >Ah! An opportunity for a clever individual.A smart router that pretends to be a single unit and handles all of the traffic for the multiple devices.This ain’t rocket science, it can be defeated.

  3. >my Dad had to pay the radio tax while stationed there back in the ’50’s.Unbelieveable. I guess those people got used to being screwed a long time ago.

  4. >It’s worse than you think…. the price was quoted in Euros- that’s more like $7 American per device per month.Now let’s all sit back and watch while their country stagnates in technology because people don’t want to pay the fee…

  5. >Yep, that would end up being more like $49, not $35, for the fee. Actually, probably closer to $55 since it’s 5.52 Euros.

  6. >The Euroweenies love their taxes! Gotta feed the machinery of the welfare-state with something – it’s like a milipede chewing on a leg when it gets hungry…

  7. >it’s like a milipede chewing on a leg when it gets hungry…lol, very good analogy.

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