Broadband tax 'to be made law'

  Seth Haniel 13:52 23 Sep 2009
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A controversial broadband tax "will be law before the next election", according to Minister for Digital Britain Stephen Timms.

The 50 pence a month tax applies to everyone with a fixed line telephone.

  anchor 14:16 23 Sep 2009

Yet another way for the government to squeeze more money out of us.

One would be quite naive to imagine that £175 million/year won`t just end up in the general coffers.

  tein 14:45 23 Sep 2009

ANOTHER Labour party tax con!
good riddence too them! i aint bothered who gets in next election cause they will be ups & downs from every party just NOT labour! i'l never vote for them again!

  Shortstop 14:49 23 Sep 2009

Whilst I don't mind paying £6 per year for a better Broadband Infrastructure, there are no guarantees that the money raised will go exclusively on this and not other pet projects.

I also think it is unfair to levy the charge 'per phone line' as some people cannot get broadband - or a lousy service - and I cannot see the justification of making them pay for a service that they cannot benefit from.

Paul

  Grey Goo 15:05 23 Sep 2009

If Labour thinks it's fair then it is. Of course the rest of the world may disagree but since when has that made a difference.

  egapup 15:14 23 Sep 2009

Good ole Gorden, dont you just love what he and his bloody crowd have done to the country.

  WhiteTruckMan 15:22 23 Sep 2009

will introduce a charge of bringing the country into disrepute. Then they can borrow a page out of labours book and make it retrospective so this current crop of good-for-nothing-except-lining-their-own-pockets politicians can be called to account.

WTM

  wids001 15:55 23 Sep 2009

So we now will have to pay a "phone line tax" to fund high speed broadband. Well, I already pay for 50meg via cable with Virgin and that's more than fast enough for me. I also have their mobile @ £10 per month and get 400 minutes phone and unlimited texts. Therefore, if and when this comes in I shall simply cancel my BT phone line, that way I won't have to pay this "tax" ..... or will I?

  oresome 16:01 23 Sep 2009

Didn't we privatise the telecoms industry?

Aren't these commercial decisions for the companies concerned?

  Clapton is God 16:20 23 Sep 2009

"Aren't these commercial decisions for the companies concerned?"

If you think that; why can't these same companies decide whether or not to impose that other tax - VAT??

  ventanas 16:40 23 Sep 2009

If it does result in the availability of high speed (I assume fibre optic) connections, then I don't really have a problem with it. 50p a month is not going to break anybody.
But any revenue will probably get lost in the mire. Time will tell.

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