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Lord Carter has hit back at critics of the Government’s Digital Britain Report published last week. He has defended the report’s proposals and argues that if you want something, someone has to pay for it.
The communications minister has defended plans to impose an annual £6 tax on every home and business fixed phone line to raise the £1.5bn required to fund the the extension of next-generation fibre-optic communications networks to 90% of the population by 2017. Certain critics, including the Conservative Party, have denounced the proposal on the grounds that the majority of phone users in towns and cities will be subsidising internet provision for those who live in rural areas.
Nevertheless, Lord Carter has hit back by arguing that public investment is vital if such widespread technological infrastructure is to be provided quickly and efficiently. “If we as a country want to have a new-built fixed infrastructure and the market will not pay for it, where is it going to come from? If we don’t want it, we don’t have to pay for it. If we do want it, then we do have to pay for it.”The only alternative, Lord Carter argues, would be to secure funding from general taxation, a move that would surely prove even less popular.
Besides, £6 per year is surely not a bank-breaker.