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Gov't confirms 50p landline tax for broadband funding

The chancellor has confirmed the tax, which will help to fund the government's promise to bring super-fast broadband to 90 percent of the UK
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Written by Jo Best, Contributor on

Chancellor Alistair Darling has confirmed the government's planned 50p per month tax on UK landlines will come into effect later this year.

The next-generation levy, announced last year, will help pay for the government's pledge that at least 90 percent of the UK will get super-fast broadband services by 2017.

By charging landline owners £6 per year, the government hopes to raise up to £175m annually to help fund the extension of next-generation broadband services to areas where commercial providers are unlikely to take their rollouts, such as rural regions.

For more on this story, see £6 superfast broadband-for-all tax will arrive this October on silicon.com.

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