Ethiopia Makes Using Skype Or Google Voice Punishable With 15 Years In Jail

Posted on Jun 18 2012 - 6:18am by Robby S.

VOIP Is Illegal In Ethiopia

Just like a marijuana violation in the US (silly, right?), using Skype (or Google Voice, or any VoIP service) can get you 15 years in jail in Ethiopia.  Recent Ethiopian legislation criminalizes the use of Voice Over IP (VoIP) within the country.  Why would the Ethiopian government do such a stupid thing?  Are they trying to compete with some of our stupid laws?  Nope.  They are trying to make everyone use the government-run telecom Ethio Teleco.  (giving Obama's health insurance laws a run for the money)


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