The broadband community is so fixated on the way that business rates discriminate against new entrants or local operators and the damage is set to be extended that it has neglected to impact of other taxes, such as the recent massive hike in charges for radio spectrum to the mobile operators proposed by Ofcom. Whether or not the increase is “reasonable”, i.e. in line with spectrum charges in other parts of the EU, what is going to be done with funding, perhaps £250 million p.a. that results. Will this be made available to fund services to the final 2% (over a million indviduals) who will still be unable to get fixed or mobile broadband?