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bfdk BS: Broadband Tax... UK (54* d) RE: BS: Broadband Tax... UK 29 Sep 09

You're way behind us in this.

A couple of years ago our politicians here in Denmark decided to change the name 'TV Licence' to 'Media Licence' and decreed that anybody with an internet connection of 256MB or above was liable to pay this media licence - whether or not they owned a TV, whether or not they ever used their PC to view TV. It's enough that you CAN do it, although I think watching TV on a 256MB line would be pretty erratic..

Our annual licence fee is DKK 2220, which at today's exchange rate equates GBP 272.

As if this wasn't enough, from this summer they changed the rules again. Henceforth not only are you liable to pay the licence fee if you own ANY piece of electronics capable of going online, cellphone, PC, laptop, what have you, but if you think you shouldn't be liable to pay, well, after the latest change of rules the burden of evidence lies with YOU. YOU must prove that you do not own ANY piece of machinery that makes you liable to pay the licence fee. Innocent until proven guilty went out the window, blessed all the way by our darling politicians.

That was when I gave in. I'd never owned a TV before and never used my PC for watching TV, but this spring - as I'd soon end up being sent a bill, anyway, for the privilege of owning a PC with internet connection, I might as well get myself a TV set. So, I did. It's here now, I remember to switch it on once a week, possibly once every 2 weeks just to see if it's still working. It does, it's a nice TV, but I don't watch the cr** shown on it...

I do, however, pay 272 a year for nothing.

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