Oh dear, Gordons thought up another new tax for us to pay

Levy on phone lines to fund universal broadband

'Speaking to MPs in the House of Commons, Mr Bradshaw, the Culture Secretary, confirmed that the small levy would establish an independent national fund to ensure “maximum next generation broadband coverage”.

The report proposed a 50p-a-month levy on all fixed telephone lines to help bring next-generation broadband to the whole country.

This money would go to an independent Next Generation Fund that would provide subsidies for operators to deliver super-fast internet to areas where it would not normally be commercially viable.'

We know what will happen with the 'small levy' - once it has been established for a while, it will double, then double again (conveniently hidden in our bills).

And what will it fund? Certainly not 'universal broadband' - it will fund a number of committees and Quangos stuffed with Gordon's mates and New Liarbour cronies.
And for “areas not commercially viable” read “areas full of Labour voting tossers who never pay their bills”

Also I presume that MPs will be able to claim this levy on expenses, at all their homes.
and no doubt they will want to implement some costly system with which to further monitor and control our actions online.
...I really hope I haven't just given them a new idea.
Is anyone, is anybody, is your cat, is your bloody wheely-bin surprised?

Has the despicable ogre 'Stalin' done anything other than wet-dream up new taxes?

Taxing is what so-called 'Labour' does best; it is the only thing it does, except overspend the tax-payers' money.
So lets get this straight.

They [The Government], are going to make us pay an extra £6 per year so that a Limited Company can upgrade the Broadband/Telephone lines so that the same company that we've all given money to can then charge us a premium for using the same lines that we've already paid for..?

It's no wonder that Labour Isn't Working..
I seem to remember being "taxed" to bail out the banks,now I'm going to be taxed to pay for non commercially viable broadband,and through my T.V.licence also bail out commercial T.V. and radio,I reckon it's time that idiot Broon and his gang went for a long walk through the poppy fields !
lsquared said:
Is anyone, is anybody, is your cat, is your bloody wheely-bin surprised?
Brilliant bit of poetry there, best laugh I've had all day. Mind if that goes in my sig?

And on topic- yet another stealth tax. This is the sort of thing that we already pay quite enough money for, yet somehow nothing ever seems to get fixed. It's not a hard thing to do, delivering fast internet to all, and it is most definitely something that everybody will want in the future- 72% of people currently use the internet, and anything under 2mbps is fast becoming a joke (trust me, I have to live with 512, BBC site barely works, iPlayer a no-go). It will have to be done at some point in the future, so why not do it sooner rather than later?

One other thing in this bit of news is the new tougher sanctions against filesharers. Whilst it's a shame the government have budged to the lies spewed by the music industry, at least they haven't decided that ISPs can simply cut people off for filesharing, legal or otherwise.
The music industry are predictably moaning, saw a spokesman on BBC claiming that $2bn (may have been $200 mil, not entirely sure) is lost through filesharing each year. Of course, they always fail to recognise the fact that if we had to pay them for music (not the artists, very little of it goes to artists) then we wouldn't buy it.

(brace for flame from righteous arrsers who think filesharing is stealing)
So all those years where BT made billions in profit didn't go on future proofing their infrastructure, so now that they can't compete with new broadband speeds the government have come up with a great idea to allow them to get the money to bring the network up to date, and of course the additional profits through more broadband costs will be a nice little bonus for the shareholders and board members.
On the news they said the PM justified this because phone bills had dropped in recent times. Right so we are in a recession and he decided to tax us a bit more, to get a 1/3rd of the population super-speed internet because it isnt financially viable for the company's to do it.

Now correct me if im wrong this 1/3rd would be rural areas were it would cost to put all the piping in. If you can afford a mortgage in a rural area these days, you can pay for the super-speed internet your damn self :x
Its a similar creation of non jobs, like housing information packs, or bumping up the TV licence to provide channels that 95% of people have no interest in.
If you want super fast broadband let the telecom companies pay for it and pass on the costs to those who want it.


Robbin thieving barstewards, use the profits from your expense accounts you utter cnuts.

Trem's angry, did you see that? :x
Gordon said that a high speed internet connection is just as vital as electricity and gas in a household. Well if you have your granny living with you with dementia who forgets all about bodily function control then I post the suggestion that some home help is "FUC=ING MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEING ABLE TO ACCESS THE NUMBER 10 WEBSITE! MAYBE SOME SH1TROLL AND A BUCKET IS MORE USEFULL!!"

J H C! can this manky specimen of a labour politician come out with anything more inane before asking us to cough up 50p a month to lay some cables?

RemeMber the resettlement job boom in the 90's? be a cable tv layer, loadsamoney! True it was for a few years.
But dont you think that gordon is stealing money from our pockets to pay some doley twit( damn should have been an a) to lay some more cable, so that he can say that unemployment is falling because we have subsidised the the dolies return to work scheme?

yeah YEAH sez gordo give 50p each month and ~~i will give you live action porno, hurrah! in the meantime we have just susidised a an unofficial tax increase through our own purse, granted anyone with no landline or such like may suffer, but with 3 mobile broadband it might be a bummer.
tropper66 said:
Paxo on Newsnight is taking the urine out of the New Labour idiot who thought this lunacy up, another house of Lords labour *********
Who, you will have noticed is to leave his job, having completed his report, to take up gainful salaried employment elsewhere. (while remaning a Lord of course!) I was waiting for Paxman to ask whether such employment was directly or indirectly connected with the industry his report was helping to create!

It is with the inevitability of a Greek Tragedy that the pensioner without a TV or the internet will be caught by this 50p tax which will, by successive statutory instrument gradually increase with each successive budget.

In the meantime, the tax which is levied on televisions which goes straight into the general fund out of which an allocation is made to the BBC, will now be directed to independent broadcasters and with it, the 'strings' of more government control over the entire broadcasting media as the quid-pro-quo for receiving public funding!

The public who are already paying an extortionate amount of money for their so-called 'licence fee' will eventually be the participants in yet another 'sham' consultation. Pilot schemes will be conducted in various areas of the country, the outcome of which will be a complete success and yet another ever-increasng tax will be forced down the public's throat based upon the fiction of a manufactured 'demand'!

Yet again, Brown is going to 'stiff' the public in their collective rear ends using the same tried and tested formula New Labour have always used and you know what - there is not a dammned thing you will be able to do about it election or no election!
Yes... another farking Tax.... if Liarbore get back into government by some underhand ballot-box rigged fluke.... then not only will it be extra levies on our phones, but on our toilets, even the Air we Breathe.... they certainly would find a way of Taxing Sunlight......

... all allegedly of course.... Pa Broone really is a nice man... so is Mandelsome.... so nice... he told me so..... hehehehe :p

time for bed now...... 8O

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