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Guyana to close internet cafes

When you have a government that controls the telecommunication infrastructure, you can expect more of these types of stories to come out soon, especially in third world countries in Africa. I’m surprise the Guyana Government is going after Internet cafes instead of blocking Skype.

The South American country of Guyana plans to close hundreds of Internet cafes that it accuses of bypassing the telephone company system to offer cheap international calls.

The Revenue Authority accuses the cafes of tax evasion because they do not charge sales tax or other fees for calls made through Internet-based phone services like Skype, Vonage and Packet8.

The same argument was on-going until the Federal Communications Commission ruled that VoIP providers must comply with the Universal Service Fund. Now the current arguments is Internet Service Providers like AT&T and Comcast that slow down or filter access to these providers.