The British government Tuesday detailed its long-awaited "Digital Britain" plan to take the country into the broadband future, with the linchpin being a tax of about $10 a year on wireline phone service to pay for universal access to high-speed Internet service by 2012. The plan, which covered a range of communications issues, met with mixed reaction, but BT backed the proposals, calling them "a reasonable and practical solution. There is only so far commercial companies can go with investment in new infrastructure."

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