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Plans to use a new tax to fund the introduction of fibre-optic broadband across the UK will not be successful, it has been suggested.

Shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt and environment secretary Nick Herbert have claimed that the proposed 50p a month rate on fixed telephone lines is "deeply unpopular".

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, the Conservative MPs claimed that the tax would encourage broadband providers to not invest in super-fast internet, as companies will focus on getting "more state handout".

They added: "The tax has been earmarked to encourage investment in modern fibre optic networks – but telecom operators will have no incentive to make any investment of their own if there is the chance to tap into subsidy."

John Russell, editor at, recently suggested that issues related to broadband could have an impact on how people choose to vote in political polls.

He explained that the issue of tackling illegal filesharing has highlighted such trends.

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