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Mobile phone users should be required to pay the proposed £6 annual broadband tax along with fixed-line customers, BT has claimed.

The levy, which will be used to fund the rollout of fibre-optic broadband networks, is expected to raise £1.5 billion that internet service providers can bid for a slice of.

But according to the Guardian, BT said that mobile phone operators would be able to use the funding to deploy new broadband services, meaning that their customers should contribute towards the tax.

It is felt that consumer demand will not provide suppliers with enough incentive to rollout next-gen broadband to the most remote areas, so money raised by the tax will be used to subsidise the efforts.

Emma Gilthorpe, director of industry policy at BT, was quoted by the newspaper as saying: "The government should consider the opportunity to widen the base for the tax and possibly reduce the amount that each individual household pays."

The tax was proposed by Lord Carter in his Digital Britain report, which was published last month and also contained proposals to offer universal access to 2Mb broadband across the UK by 2012.

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