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Business leaders question UK government's broadband tax

UK business leaders have today questioned the UK government's suggestion that a six pound telephone line tax should be brought in by the end of 2010, with the aim of party funding the investment required for a new UK national broadband network. However, in a move which will surprise many people, business leaders do not believe six pound per telephone line would be enough to raise the funds required and could hold back the UK broadband sector for some time to come.

The fact that many consumers are already upset about the need to pay six pound every year, even if they have no access to broadband, will not be helped by the suggestion the tax would be too low. Whether or not we are seeing yet more political shenanigans from the UK government, looking to curry favour with consumers while at the same time introducing a new tax, remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, UK Internet users could become more and more of an easy target for the UK government as it looks to replenish the UK coffers.

Even though it has to be said the UK broadband sector does require significant investment, would £175 million a year (the expected tax income from a telephone line tax) really make a difference?

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