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Internet service providers are concerned about the alleged U-turn the government has made on its previous decision to review the fibre optic broadband tax.

Previously, the coalition government said that it had plans to review the Valuation Office Agency's (VOA) Fibre Tax, a levy which would help fund the roll-out of fibre optic broadband technology.

However, according to ComputerWeekly, minister for communication, culture and the creative industries Ed Vaizey has reconsidered plans to hold a review after meeting with chiefs from the VOA.

According to, the broadband levy is seen as an obstacle to competition in the marketplace - particularly small, independent internet service providers.

The news provider claims that the implications of the decision are unclear and suggested that the government may have found an alternative means of funding the universal roll-out of fibre optic broadband technology.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph recently, broadband internet expert Shane Richmond claimed that high-speed broadband services were becoming a basic right, alongside water and power.

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