MPs to probe government broadband tax

The Digital Britain report is to be investigated by across-party committee in the wake of its launch on 16 June in order to assess if its recommendations are realistic and valid.

The Digital Britain report is to be investigated by across-party committee in the wake of its launch on 16 June in order to assess if its recommendations are realistic and valid.

Among other things the report promised to provide universal broadband access at a speed of 2Mb/s by 2012, and controversially imposed a £6 per annum levy on copper phone lines in order to fund its plans.

The Business and Enterprise Committee will look into both of these aspects of the report, in addition to assessing whether or not ISPs are providing broadband speeds as advertised, and the extent to which current regulation strikes the right balance between ensuring fair competition and encouraging investment in next generation networks.

Earlier today, Gordon Brown announced plans for a Digital Britain Bill in the Draft Queen’s Speech, which will form the legislative bedrock for the plan.

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