The European Commission's out-going minister for its digital agenda, Neelie Kroes, quickly praised the move, saying in a statement, "I'm very pleased for the Hungarian people. Their voices were heard. I'm proud the European Commission played a positive role in defending European values and a digital Europe."
Worth noting, though, is that Orbán hasn't completely given up on the idea of applying a telecommunications tax to Internet traffic; he's just pushed it down the road a bit in the hopes of situating in a "national consultation" about the Internet's economic aspects. And in that vein, in a wide-ranging speech on challenges facing the world and Hungary delivered in Transylvania in August that was criticized by many, including by The Washington Post editorial board, the prime minister seemed to say that some threats to the Internet's openness were the result of a failed global liberalism:
[A]nother renowned analyst says that the internet, which the liberal world has viewed as a symbol of freedom for many years now, has been colonised by large corporations and he claims nothing less than that the biggest question currently is whether the forces of capitalism, meaning large international corporations, will succeed in doing away with the neutrality of the internet.
Coupled with the proposed Internet tax, those words signal a world leader who, like many world leaders, is still working out his thoughts on the best way forward when it comes to the Internet -- and that suggests that the nature of Hungary's online future is a debate delayed, not resolved.