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New broadband measures unveiled by the government this week are unlikely to dispel the growing 'digital divide' in Britain, it has been suggested.

In its Digital Britain report, Whitehall laid out proposals for an annual £6 fixed phone line tax to help fund the provision of next-generation broadband.

However, Forrester Research's Ian Fogg suggested that the numbers bandied about by the government do not add up.

The technology analyst estimated that there are around 34 million fixed lines in the UK, meaning that the broadband tax will raise sums in the "low hundreds of millions each year".

He added: "This is some way off BT's budget of £1.5 billion to put fibre in 40 per cent of homes by 2012.

"There is going to be a two-tiered internet for a long time, whether the government likes it or not."

Digital Britain also earmarked £200 million of funding for the provision of universal 2Mb broadband access, which will be taken from the BBC licence fee.

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