Digital Britain 50p tax 'to be law' by next election

Summary:Stephen Timms, the minister for Digital Britain, has reiterated the government's intention to press ahead with a £6-a-year tax that will pay for the rollout of next-generation broadband in the UK."The levy on telephone lines - 50p a month… will be in the finance bill which I'm also responsible for at the Treasury and my aim is that we should legislate for that this side of the general election," Timms said at a British Computer Society panel debate on Wednesday.

From silicon.comStephen Timms, the minister for Digital Britain, has reiterated the government's intention to press ahead with a £6-a-year tax that will pay for the rollout of next-generation broadband in the UK.

"The levy on telephone lines - 50p a month… will be in the finance bill which I'm also responsible for at the Treasury and my aim is that we should legislate for that this side of the general election," Timms said at a British Computer Society panel debate on Wednesday.

The minister went on to talk about how the government's broadband plans would fare in the face of spending cuts. For more on Timm's remarks about Digital Britain, check out the story on silicon.com.

Topics: Tech Industry

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