ICASA has given notice of its intention to make regulations with regards to the terms and conditions for issuing VANS licenses. Everyone, even if you get your Internet connection from a licensed ISP, will require a license. No company will be able to provide an effective online presence without requiring a VANS license. The issues are:
- You have to pay an annual license fee based on your income.
- The definition of VANS is so broad that every company with a meaningful online presence is included.
- The application fee is R30 000.
- 30% of your company must be owned by historically disadvantaged individuals even if you are a one person company and its practically impossible to do so.
- Your right to use the Internet as you please is being revoked and passed to big companies.
This website has been provided to help individuals and SMMEs understand the issues at hand and do something about them. Our intention is to urgently draw widespread public attention to the proposed regulations and the impact that these regulations will have on the SMME. ICASA has given us until 7 January 2005 to comment on the intended regulations. This will probably be the last time anyone can comment because the Minister of Communications has instructed ICASA to fast track the process and make it law by February 2005.
Look at http://www.aware.co.za/default.asp
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