Government 'broadband tax' could be law within months

The Government's controversial 'Broadband Tax' phone lines to fund high speed data networks will be made law before the next election. Minister for Di

The Government's controversial 'Broadband Tax' phone lines to fund high speed data networks will be made law before the next election.

Minister for Digital Britain, Stephen Timms, confirmed the government plan today. It will levy a tax of 50p per month on anyone with a fixed line telephone.

The move follows Lord Mandelson's plans to crack down on illegal file sharing with threats of internet connection shutdowns.

Though the Broadband Tax could be passed during this Parliament, a Tory government may overturn it. Conservative MP John Whittingdale, chair of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select committee, said he believes his part will reject the proposals.

Are you willing to pay more tax to pay for investment in better and faster internet connections? Or should the Government be trying to find the money elsewhere? Let us know in the comments.

Read more about the file sharing debate over on the blogs.

(via BBC News