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could not belive my eyes!

Broadband tax 'to be law' by next election

Stephen Timms, the minister for Digital Britain, said the tax would be presented to Parliament as part of the Digital Economy Bill.

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Stephen Timms hopes to make the £6 per year 'broadband tax' law before the next general election Photo: PA

The £6 annual fee will be levied against every home phone line, regardless of whether or not the owner is already connected to a broadband internet service, and the £175 million raised will be used to pay for the next generation of super-fast broadband services.

The government has pledged universal broadband for all, at speeds of at least two megabits per second, by 2012.

Mr Timms said that the tax should be made law in the next few months. "We want to make high speed networks nationally available," he told an audience at a debate organised by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. "The next-generation fund will help that and we will legislate for it this side of a general election."

The broadband tax was one of a number of recommendations outlined by Mr Timm's predecessor, Lord Carter, in the recent Digital Britain report, which set out the government's plans for encouraging innovation, growth and participation in the internet age.

The government has reiterated its commitment to implementing the report's key recommendations, despite Conservative opposition to some measures.

John Whittingdale, a Conservative MP who chairs the Department for Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said his party was almost certain to vote against the broadband tax. "I object to it on the basis that it is another tax, and is aimed at people who are using old technology."

Others have questioned whether the levy will cover the true cost of a brodband upgrade. “Our concern is that the upgrading of the
UK’s broadband infrastructure is a mammoth undertaking and this unpopular tax will barely make a dent in the likely total cost," said Michael Phillips, product director for comparison site BroadbandChoices.co.uk

The tax could feature in the Digital Economy Bill, which is due before the House in November.


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Sep. 30th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
If I had high speed I maybe wouldn't mind paying. This Sky broadband sucks! Anyway they've a right cheek! ::disgruntled:: They'd tax the air we breathe if they could.
Oct. 1st, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
My Sky Broadband is fine but i'm restricted by the BT Jurassic line and area - both VERY OLD and cause me to swear horribly!

i wouldn't mind the taxes, if every goddamned politician was lining their own pockets with MILLIONS of our money!!
:even more disgruntled:
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