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Plans to launch UK-wide super-fast broadband will be funded by a tax if the Labour Party wins power at the next election, it has been revealed.

The party has revealed in its new manifesto that it still plans to use a "modest levy" on fixed phone lines to raise revenue that will guarantee all homes and firms have access to high-speed internet services.

Labour outlines that it intends to offer 2Mb services to everyone by 2012, then partner with private operators to introduce faster speeds.

Finally, the party hopes to complete the rollout of broadband through the use of satellite and mobile technology.

The manifesto states: "Britain must be a world leader in the development of broadband.

"We are investing in the most ambitious plan of any industrialised country to ensure a digital Britain for all, extending access to every home and business."

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