Rush to get legislation through Parliament sees broadband tax dropped

The Government's proposed broadband tax has been scrapped at the last minute in the rush to get key legislation through Parliament before the general election on May 6th.

The 50p-a-month tax would have been applied to all households with a landline telephone. It's estimated it would have raised £170m a year to fund broadband roll-out across the UK.

It was a key part of Labour's strategy to ensure all parts of the country get super-fast broadband.

The Conservatives have always opposed the tax, preferring to allow the market more time to implement broadband services before Government intervention. They vowed to scrap it if they won the election.

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