A TAX on all internet users and landlines would be grossly inequitable, especially if used to roll out high-speed broadband to the already privileged consumers in cities and large towns.
Many of us in rural France have only recently been able to get any internet access at all. Our “broadband” speed is a maximum of 512k, and usually far, far less.
For this, we must already pay the full price and are stuck with the Orange monopoly, as no other provider is able to give us any form of broadband at our location.
The monthly cost is already considerably more than that pertaining in most other EU countries, particularly compared to the UK.
To force us to pay tax on what we have, so others can benefit from even higher speeds, would be to add insult to injury.
The cost of providing high-speed broadband should be met from general taxation. It is to benefit the entire economy.