Broadband tax thrown out

April 8, 2010

As quickly as the government’s digital economy bill has been forced though parliament, the proposal to place a tax on all phone lines to pay for the rolling out of broadband services has been scrapped.

The Broadband Tax, as it has become known, would have placed around 50p on each phone line per month, raising millions of pounds to get broadband out to those people who have no connection.

The introduction of the Broadband Tax was seen as the only way that all of the UK could be connected to the broadband network by 2012, but with the election in less than four weeks time, clearly that is not an issue.

The Tories have always been against the Broadband Tax and it seems that some deals have been done, maybe to allow the digital piracy bill through.


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