New laws in China will take effect at the end of the month. Under the policy, Web sites that offer streaming video in the country will need to obtain a permit to operate. Applicants will need to be either state-owned or controlled to qualify.
It is not known how sites like YouTube, which operates a Chinese-language service would qualify as a foreign company since its base of operations is in the United States. It is possible that access to YouTube could be blocked entirely by Chinese ISPs.
China’s recent crackdown on Internet traffic may have something to do with meetings of the Communist Party, which took place in October of last year. Observers note that there seems to be a correlation between the meetings of the country’s ruling party and crackdowns on free speech.
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