The UK government plans to introduce a 50 cent monthly levy on fixed phone lines to provide broadband throughout the country by 2012. Experts say the tax would mean around 90 percent of the UK will be able to access high speed broadband by 2017. Prime Minister Gordon Brown says it is a much-needed top-up:
“We could have universal services provided to every citizen in the country. They can get fast interactive broadband. That would mean that they can use all the services that are possible through out the country.” The proposal is included in the report “Digital Britain”, presented in Parliament yesterday.