Plans for a major broadband roll out across the country has been announced by Chancellor Alistair Darling in the pre-election budget, part of a pledge to make Britain a digital world leader.
Super-fast broadband will be available for 90% of homes by 2017, funded by a £6 annual tax on landline phones.
This will create ‘hundreds of thousands’ of new jobs while putting services online will lower the cost of public spending, the chancellor said.
‘The UK has the potential to be a digital world leader. It needs high-speed broadband for rural areas as well as urban, it must not be limited to the well-off,’ he said in his budget speech.
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