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Business leaders in Scotland have voiced their support for the government's proposed telephone levy.

According to the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), a yearly £6 tax on fixed phone lines is necessary to help fund the roll-out of super-fast broadband in Scotland.

Communications minister Stephen Timms has suggested that the levy may not be legislated until after the general election in May 2010.

However, Gareth Williams, North Policy Manager for the SCDI, told the Press and Journal that this could delay the delivery of high-speed internet to rural parts of the country, including the Scottish Highlands.

Mr Williams said: "There are many creative and innovative businesses in the Highlands that would be well placed to take advantage of the opportunities which the digital economy will create and [a] lack of a super-fast network could become a real barrier to competitiveness in the longer term."

A blog entry posted on the official Digital Britain Forum today (August 19th) asserted that the intention is still for the levy to be implemented.

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