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23 March 2012 par Ambrose McNevin - DatacenterDynamics
"The superfast broadband roll-out in 10 cities will drive data growth which in turn directly grows data-center applications and power. It is bad for the nation’s carbon footprint ambitions unless all of the growth is low-carbon enabling applications - which it won’t be since it will all be social and domestic HD format driven and is exacerbated by the soon-to-be 4G roll-out (the UK being the last in Europe to to even start when some have already finished)
Scrapping the CRC tax was always on the agenda. I have been working on this for one year with the Intellect Data Centre Council talking directly to DECC. We thought we were (and still maybe) on the cusp of changing the CRC into a CCA for data-centres. The work continues as we speak (meeting with DECC in two weeks). If (rather when) the CRC tax is scrapped it will be replaced by a straight carbon tax in the tariff - which is much better as it removes all uncertanty."
Ian Bitterlin, CTO Ark Continuity and DatacenterDynamics Blogger
Budget Coverage: UK CRC tax may be scrapped
See the original UK Budget story here and more comments from other UK data center industry players below: