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The government has not cast aside the idea of implementing a tax on fixed phones in order to help fund the roll out of universal broadband in the UK.

According to a new blog entry on the official Digital Britain Forum, a yearly £6 levy is still being mooted as a good way to help raise millions of pounds towards the cost of bringing 2Mb broadband to the majority of the country.

In the post, Director of the Digital Britain report Sam Sharps explained that while there is a possibility that the tax may not be implemented until after the forthcoming general election the "plan" is still to organise the necessary funding by next year.

He commented: "The business of government is never quick enough for some, but always too rushed and hasty for others. To get a new fund up and running just takes time and there are various administrative hoops to get through. That is what we are working on now."

It was recently reported by the Sunday Times that communications minister Stephen Timms has suggested the £6 levy may not be passed through parliament before May 2010.

Consequently if the Conservative Party, which is opposed to the idea, is elected, then the tax may not be legislated.

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