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UK Phone Line Levy To Help Pay For Faster Net Access

     
5:43 pm on Jun 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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UK Phone Line Levy To Help Pay For Faster Net Access [news.bbc.co.uk]
Every Briton with a fixed-line phone will pay a "small levy" of 50p per month to pay for faster net access.

The national fund created by the levy will be used to ensure most Britons get access to future net technologies.

The proposal is part of the Digital Britain report outlined by Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw in Parliament.

The report also includes a pledge to curb unlawful file sharing by giving regulator Ofcom new powers to identify persistent pirates.

If only it would help me at home, i'd be more than please to pony up.

6:31 pm on June 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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BBC got that up quickly - I was listening to the speech in parliament at 3:45ish.

The phone line levy is good if they use it to get coverage to outlying areas of the country.

Some interesting stuff on the regional news front too - looks like the are going to offer support for regional news providers possibly in terms of subsidies for TV/web content providers - how that is going to be administered fairly I really don't know.

8:04 pm on June 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Sn extra 50p to fund a service that doesn't give anywhere near the advertised speeds in the first place?

We shouldn't be paying them, we should be fining them 50p a month for each line that doesn't meet a minimum of 2Mbps! That would get them moving quickly!

[edited by: PCInk at 8:05 pm (utc) on June 16, 2009]