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Reports have suggested that a tax on wireless broadband networks is set to be launched in the UK by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).

According to ISPreview.co.uk, business rates will be charged on sites used to provide Wi-Fi services, such as masts.

It is believed that such a move could cause some problems for wireless network providers, with many working on relatively tight budgets.

However, the suggestion that the tax is new has been described as misleading by the VOA, which has claimed that there has been no change in policy on the issue.

"All business property is liable for rates, which are based on rental value. Wi-Fi installations are not treated any differently to any other business property," a spokesman told the website.

He added that officers are working to ensure they have accurate information on all Wi-Fi sites.

The VOA is an executive agency of HM Revenue and Customs and has around 85 offices in operation across the UK.

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