Government drops broadband tax

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Common sense prevails. They wanted us to pay for super fast broadband to other areas but would not give us any share of future profits made from it so glad to see this stupid tax scrapped.

Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that the 50p a month landline tax ear-marked for next-generation broadband will be scrapped.
Instead the government will leave the majority of super-fast broadband roll-out to private investment.
Some money will be available for rural roll-outs, he said.
The Conservatives opposed the introduction of the broadband tax and it was dropped from the Finance Bill at the end of the last parliament.
Speaking about the decision to scrap the tax, he said: "I am happy to be able to abolish this new duty before it is even introduced. Instead, we will support private broadband investment, including to rural areas, in part with funding from the Digital Switchover under-spend within the TV Licence Fee."
Opening ducts
Labour plans to create a rural broadband fund via the new tax were supported by the Liberal Democrats but were heavily criticised by the Tories.
It was dropped from the Finance Bill as a compromise to get the rest of the legislation through before parliament was dissolved.
Despite the lack of new funding, the coalition government has said it is committed to providing broadband improvements.
In a speech at the beginning of June, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said that it was his goal to provide Britain with the "best superfast broadband network in Europe".
To achieve this, he is considering forcing water, gas and electricity companies to open up their ducts to allow fibre to be laid inside them.
Experts estimate that a large chunk of the cost of offering fibre networks is associated with the expense of digging up roads to create new ducts.
Last month, Ed Vaizey was appointed as the new broadband minister.
He will oversee the roll-out of next-generation broadband. He is also responsible for ensuring that all homes have a minimum speed of 2Mbps (megabits per second) by 2012, honouring a pledge made by the previous government.

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Last month, Ed Vaizey was appointed as the new broadband minister.

You know you live in an advanced society when you have a broadband minister.
 

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there's a lot of give and take with this government aint there ? i'm looking forward to them scrapping those privacy invading laws

and the ID card ;)
 

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Fucking broadband minister. What a twat.

Well done George.

I happily pay tax for numerous things, some of that tax goes to helping out those that need it.

But there is no way I would be happy paying to subsidise a family who can't get there shit together to pay for broadband. You want to piss about on facebook? There is a library down the road.
 

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there's a lot of give and take with this government aint there ? i'm looking forward to them scrapping those privacy invading laws

and the ID card ;)

The ID Cards have already been dropped haven't they?
 
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