Broadband gets budget boost

June 23, 2010

The broadband tax is officially dead in the water following the Chancellor, George Osborne’s emergency budget.

In order to pay for the rolling out of broadband services across the UK, a charge of £6 per phone line was suggested, but during the budget speech yesterday the Chancellor stated that the investment into this scheme should come from the private sector.

However, there is a windfall from the money put aside from the TV License to assist people to switch from analogue to digital TV and to promote digital TV services.

In total, the amount could be as much as £300 million, which may seem a lot but, to put that into perspective, BT has already committed £2.5 billion to the roll out next gen broadband services.


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