The UK government’s controversial broadband tax has been detailed in the pre-Budget report. The £6 (E6.6) a year levy will be imposed on all households with a fixed line phone. The government would provide super-fast broadband to 90% of the UK by the end of 2017.
The money is earmarked for the 30% of homes that experts think will be by-passed by commercial fast broadband plans. It is estimated that the broadband tax would raise around £170m a year, which is some way short of BT’s estimate of £5bn needed to provide super-fast fibre services to every UK home.