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Proposals which would see a new tax used to fund the introduction of next-generation broadband across the UK are to be scrapped if the Tories win power at the next election.

The shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed that the party would abolish plans for the 50p a month tax on fixed telephone lines "as soon as possible" if it was successful at the polls next year.

According to the Financial Times, he also claimed proposals for the TV licence to be shared with other broadcasters rather than just the BBC would be scrapped.

Although the current Labour government hopes to have the plans in place before any election, the Conservatives have claimed they would amend them immediately.

News of Mr Hunt's comments come after the Royal Academy of Engineering called on the government to increase the proposed minimum speed available via its universal broadband services to 4Mb.

An upstream bit rate of 1Mb will also be available through the infrastructure.

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