Cheaper basic internet service lined up for January under ‘Digital Welfare’ scheme

26 Oct 2016

All Hungarian ISPs, including mobile operators, are expected to begin offering a cheaper ‘basic’ internet access service from the beginning of 2017, according to financial daily Vilaggazdasag citing the secretariat of the government’s Digital Welfare Programme, led by the prime minister s commissioner Tamas Deutsch. New basic packages are to be ‘at least 15%’ cheaper than the lowest rates currently available on both fixed and mobile networks, and will be offered to those without a current internet provider, including those who have not had a mobile internet subscription within the previous twelve months, according to the report, which adds that the proposals should be finalised in November. The Digital Welfare Programme was launched following a public consultation, itself prompted by mass street protests in 2014 demonstrating against a government internet tax plan.

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