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Broadband tax for everyone with a landline

A tax of 50p per month will be forced on every home...

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A tax of 50p per month will be forced on every home that has a fixed landline as the government looks at ways to get broadband services to rural communities.

Chancellor Alistair Darling announced the £6 per year tax in his pre-budget report.

This will support Digital Britain and is part of the government's plan to reach 90% of the UK's population with broadband.

Darling said the government would be investing £200m in the rollout of broadband under the Digital Britain programme as part of the government's Universal Service Commitment.

"This a Universal Service Commitment in broadband by 2012 and providing further support to achieve private sector roll-out of next generation broadband to 90 per cent of the population by 2017," said Darling.

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