"Broadband Tax" could become UK law

Revealed this week, a tax increase of 50p may become law for UK taxpayers that will go towards a fund to fuel growing development for the infrastructure of Internet networks throughout Britain.

Appearing as part of the Digital Britain Report, the increase would be aimed at providing suitable internet connections across the United Kingdom to millions of homes, some which still have no viable connection. Stephen Timms, minister for "Digital Britain", will put forward the tax as part of the Finance Bill. It is said the new Tax would raise approximately £175 million a year that would be used to create and improve existing networks.

Adding to the report, Timms stated "We want to make high speed networks nationally available. The next-generation fund will help that and we will legislate for it this side of a general election," reaffirming the goals that would be set out for money that would be collected from the 50p tax.

Timms was also kind enough to set the record straight on the Digital Britain report that had been reportedly "derailed". Replying to BBC News, he states "Nothing has been derailed. It is full steam ahead."

However, it is expected that other parties will criticize the new bill. John Wittingdale, a Tory MP and part of the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) committee stated "I'm confident the Conservative party will oppose it. I object to it on the basis that it is another tax and is aimed at people who are using old technology."

Lord Mandelson has also had a hand in building the report on Digital Britain, most noticeably on illegal file sharing, which is rumoured to include removing certain users who continue to download and share illegal copies of digital media.

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This tax is designed to help people in rural areas get a better, faster broadband connection due to current infrastructure being old and expensive.

Help for people in rural areas, in nice houses with shed loads of land and more than l likely oodles of money in thier bank.

Oh well, another tax on the less well off to help the rich, sounds about right for the UK stitchup institute commonly known as the Government!

Oh dear... you think that size of house is all that measures wealth - have you ever though about location and actually looking at house prices? A like for like house in a city may cost double and in greater London 3 times or more.

You do realised people in the countryside have more land because it costs a fraction of the price when its agricultural land that you cannot build upon. You can buy a whole field for a few thousand pounds, but that's all its worth.

Also land you can build upon is cheaper and also house prices are much lower. Council tax is again much lower (maybe half in a town to that to in a city) because they have less access to services.

Obviously though wages are less, so its not all positive.

If you want to move to a rural area feel free, its not a closed society of the rural people not letting you move.

Who exactly will own this "network" that we're paying to finance? If it's BT then that's just retarded as they are a private company nowadays.

more taxes that will just end up being used to fund your local mp's "expenses" who already clame expenses for things like cable tv and brodband. i wounder what speed jackie smith is claming for? ?? proberly the highest as her husband needs super fast pron downloads.

It will probably end up like the Vehicle Road Licence/Tax.

Only 33% will end up being used for it's purpose.

Lord Mandelson is a wealthy moron.

I bet he will use his expense account to pay his.

You get what you vote for and I hope you Labour supporters are very happy!

You actually get someone you didn't vote for, but nonetheless you get someone from the party who you delegated that power to.

I think the reason they want to tax it is purely because that way they can charge everyone in the country to improve services to a couple % of the homes.

It's not really a broadband tax because if you don't have a land line phone and get your broadband via FTTC you won't pay the extra £6 a year.

I guess the news label it as such because as part of the 'Digital Britain' report, it will go towards getting the entire of Britain including rural areas online at a minimum of 2Mbps

Seems like you guys pay a lot of taxes. Maybe it's just that I've heard a lot about it lately, but I feel like every time I turn around I hear about another tax on this or that service in the UK. That's gotta suck, right?

DSL is over the phone line. So there are likely taxes for the phone line. Broad band tax is quivilent to double taxations. We already pay tax on the purchase of internect connection. Taxing based on your usage is obsurd. You dont' get taxed for how much you watch your TV or listen to your radio exept in the form of tax on energy usage (so that's an additional tax) We earn money and get taxed. We spend the money leftover from the income tax and get taxed on what we buy. We pay sales tax on broad band for unlimited usage.


NO one was meant to be insulted by this post. And if you were....7-UP Yours!

in sweden you have to pay tv license even if you dont watch the tv if you just own the tv set and have it in the living or inside the appartment you have to pay tv license(includes computer that has tv turner kinda absurd but well you gotta obey the law.

Adding tax just simply defeats the purpose of privatisation, adding more un-needed expenses upon the public and hence ruining markets, forcing pricing to go up due to lack of competition and government going into deficit. And what do we get for our moneys worth? Government trying to sell it off when they realise that they can't handle it and usually it is sold to 1 (yes, one) company which in turn becomes a monopoly.

You can see this with governments all around the world. Tax here, tax there and it becomes seemingly worse when governments decide to have these "stimulus" packages and giving away money. Of course someone has to pay for this and usually it's the hard working taxpayer which is hit double hard as the government wants to make a profit. They tax cigarettes and alcohol on the basis that it's bad for you and their trying to help. Health tax they call it. Well hello obesity; tax fast-food chains like McDonalds and Hungary Jacks because that's certainly not healthy for you. They'd tax all the pleasures in life if they could like driving and its thousands of dollars in bills in regos.

Then there's this "global warming" crap. What is it? I'll tell you what it is, it's another tax grab called "carbon trading". God this is ridiculous. If your a fan of paying more tax for the environment then shame on you. What about the families that are already trying to scrape past each week eagerly awaiting their next pay check? Food prices up, petrol prices up. Hell, everything will go up as companies are forced to pay the government to "trade-off" carbon. I'm all in for the environment. We grow our own herbs, have ducks and chickens, a compost bin, rainwater tank, waste-water system, solar hot water and our house is insulated. This was even before all that crap about global warming. All this really is, is an opportunity for the government to tax us hard-working people and spend it worthless projects which never work and have a massive budget blowout.

Yes, I know governments need to make money from somewhere but it's getting over the top where the average person can't enjoy life anymore, homelessness shoots through the roof and the cost of living is just isn't affordable no more. Instead of spending tax on useless things, why not spend more on improving the "quality of life" like health care, education, recreational facilities etc and also spend more to help us uni students like youth allowance for everyone.

That was fun :P

Billus said,
Adding tax just simply defeats the purpose of privatisation, adding more un-needed expenses upon the public and hence ruining markets, forcing pricing to go up due to lack of competition and government going into deficit.


But didn't you see Michael Moore's new movie? Capatalism is evil, man. LOL, j/k Moore is an idiot.

If you happen to have a land line, then you pay a luxury tax to the feds for that phone. If you have naked DSL (no land line) then you don't pay that tax.

I don't mind paying an extra 50p if it actually goes towards the building of new infrastructure throughout the country. However I bet 25p of that will go to administration costs and another 15p will be diverted in to some governmental slush fund with a mere 10p actually going to the infrastructure building.

Agreed. Even if 100% was used £175m isn't enough to make any real difference when they're talking about £10's of billions being required.

Can't stand Mandelson, had to resign twice but is back again like a bad penny. Even worse he's not even elected and what the hell did he do to become a Lord apart from mixing in the right circles?

Vice said,

How long before it starts to go higher and higher before it's at, or close to, the price of the tv tax? Once a tax is put on the books, it rarely, if ever, goes away. British subjects have been paying that BBC tax since 1922.

At first I saw broadband tax and my eyes rolled to the heavens... but it -is- only 50p (oh no, you'll get a can of coke less a month, what a shame), and it'll benefit millions of people all across the nation, moving this nation forward to a digital age, which is nothing but a good thing.

I'm for it!

Unfortunately with the current "administration", it will not stay at £6 per year and it will never be used for the purpose it is allegedly being collected for.

seems reasonable if it's put to a good purpose like fiber to each house and high quality infrastructure to manage the higher load which as we know is unlikely so probably a waste of time to spend money ****ing down drain on up holding copper wires.

Only problem being that at £175m per year, that'll be about 2030 before enough was raised to do so. And that's without any being used for anything else and interest at 5%. So it's just another tax without any benefit to those who pay it.

Jonnoy said,
I would be more than happy to pay this for fibre-optic/better to be rolled out all over the UK.

+1 to that, I don't know what everyone seems to be moaning about :S

Jonnoy said,
I would be more than happy to pay this for fibre-optic/better to be rolled out all over the UK.

I have Fibre Optic, It is Called Virgin Media.
They have paid to upgrade there network. Other providers should pay too.
Don't see why the Public should be paying for it.

joemailey said,
I have Fibre Optic, It is Called Virgin Media.
They have paid to upgrade there network. Other providers should pay too.
Don't see why the Public should be paying for it.


That's all fine and well when you're in a Virgin Media cabled area, what are your options of your not aye?

joemailey said,
They have paid to upgrade there network.

Yeah, and it nearly bankrupted them.
Also don't forget the virgin media network has many blackspots and areas where it doesn't cover. There is no way one company could fund a national fibre optic network.

joemailey said,
I have Fibre Optic, It is Called Virgin Media.
They have paid to upgrade there network. Other providers should pay too.
Don't see why the Public should be paying for it.

That's not what the tax is for, though...

RanCorX2 said,
THIS COUNTRY STINKS. fkin taxes are g@y. The dumb a** gov should put money to better uses...

Probably because of people like you who don't know how to spell and use the word gay as insults. Then again, maybe not

From my experience the money will simply disappear into another government black hole, probably used to pay our MP's ridiculous expenses .. simply another legal government scam with total lack of accountability built in.

mp1963 said,
From my experience the money will simply disappear into another government black hole, probably used to pay our MP's ridiculous expenses .. simply another legal government scam with total lack of accountability built in.

bingo
in a year everyone will forget about it and not even follow up on the matter