European Internet strike

The biggest Internet strike yet has been organised for Sunday 31 January with eight European countries taking part.

Organised by the Campaign for Unmetered Telecommunications, campaigners are calling for Internet users to boycott the Net for 24 hours. Alastair Scott head of CUT hopes traffic in participating countries will be significantly affected by the strike. "Previous strikes in individual countries have shown traffic down by up to 70 percent. We are hoping the same will happen on Sunday."

CUT is campaigning for fast, non-telephone Internet access. "We want traffic off the telephone network. Telecom companies are slow to introduce new technology. Some might say companies want to slow down these things because they are doing rather well out of charging per minute," Scott said.

Scott hopes the strike will get the issue more widely noticed. "If charges are taken off, the Internet will be far more widely used."

Participating countries are Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

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