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The government's controversial 50p-a-month broadband tax will be introduced, the Chancellor has announced.

Speaking in his pre-Budget report yesterday, Alistair Darling announced that all households with a fixed phone line will be liable to pay the £6-per-year levy.

Funds generated through the tax will be reinvested into the national broadband infrastructure, he claimed, particularly with a view to providing next-generation services to businesses and households in rural areas.

Mr Darling said the government wanted to provide funding to help "extend the opportunities of the broadband network" to more remote communities.

"We now want to go further, so we can provide the next generation of super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of the population by the end of 2017," he added.

However, the Conservative Party has vowed to abandon the broadband tax should David Cameron enter Downing Street at the next general election.

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