Anger at ‘telephone tax’ blow to rural superfast broadband

By David Perry

Published: 08/04/2010

WESTMINSTER politicians were criticised last night for dropping the “telephone tax” without putting anything in place to ensure funding to speed up the spread of superfast broadband in rural areas.

The UK Government was forced to cave in on the 50p-per-month landline levy after the Conservatives warned Treasury negotiators they would block the rest of the Finance Bill.

The “telephone tax” was designed to pay for making broadband more accessible in remote parts of the UK, including the Highlands and islands.

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