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Stephen Timms to replace Lord Carter

Treasury minister to implement broadband tax

Treasury Minister Stephen Timms is being touted as Lord Stephen's Carter's replacement as Communications Minister.

It has been widely believed for some time that Carter, who has been the UK's Communications Minister for 18 months and is currently looking after the Digital Britain review, will resign this summer.

According to The Guardian, Timms, a former e-commerce minister and technology analyst, will be tasked with pushing through plans for a £6-a-year levy on all phone lines to pay for the next generation super-fast broadband networks.

Timms will work across the Treasury and Lord Mandelson's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The Digital Britain report was released in mid-June. Its proposals include ensuring all British homes have access to 2Mbps broadband by 2012.

But the Guardian article said work on Digital Britain seems to have stalled. "The independent body supposed to ensure that fast broadband is available to all by 2012 was meant to be set up last month, but it will not have a chief executive until October."

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See also: BT: broadband tax won't pay for fibre upgrade


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