Broadband tax is the only option, says U.K. communications minister

Lord Carter has defended plans to levy a £6-a-year tax on every phone line to raise up to £1.5bn to help pay for the next generation of super-fast internet networks, as the most transparent way of investing in a critical part of Britain’s infrastructure.The communications minister, in an interview in today’s Media Guardian, also hit back at his critics in the film, music and television industry over his refusal to introduce tough measures immediately to curb illegal peer-to-peer file sharing, which is costing the UK creative industries hundreds of millions of pounds a year.To read this report in full in The Guardian, see:
www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/jun/22/digital-britain-broadband-tax

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