Earlier on in the year Lord Carter revealed in his Digital Britain report that there needed to be a levy placed on every Briton with a fixed line telephone. The money raised from this would be put to use to ensure that the UK meets the targets for faster internet connections and to have the ability to cope with future technologies. It is also aimed hoped that by 2012 there will be universal access to broadband throughout the UK as we still have remote areas that can’t get connected. The new measures that are to be introduced are to follow the guidelines set out as described below:
“Digital Britain is a statement of intent and ambition, a commitment to infrastructure and access, and an overdue recognition of the industrial importance of the creative industries”
Today it seems that the new Broadband Tax will be made law before the next general election, which is expected to be early next year. It is expected that everyone will be taxed an extra 50p per month which will raise around £175million per year, which will go towards high speed networks. So each household will be expected to contribute an extra £6 a year to enable the UK to get caught up and give us even faster connection to the web. Brilliant!
Hopefully this will get passed and introduced but I can see that it will get opposition from the Conservative party as to them it’s just another tax being sprung on us. The potential benefit though will help the country to continue to grow especially in the online markets which is great. I’m sure people can justify the cost of their lunch once a year to contribute to a new and high speed infrastructure.