If people want broadband connections, then the market will discover ways to give it to them at profitable prices. It is _not_ necessary for a (socialist) state, in its death throes, to charge _everyone_ £6 a year to pay its favoured toadie-suppliers of “broadband”, for a probably substandard product such as 2Mb/s (would you guess?), so that this can be provided to the last 30% of people who have not got it already.
This is a back-door-content-receiving-licensing-scam, just like the BBC “TV license”, only worse, and now.
The next step will be a compulsory levy on purchase of (and later, annual ownership of) home computers.
You just watch.
Here’s an exerpt:-
“The report proposed a 50p-a-month levy on all fixed telephone lines to help bring next-generation broadband to the whole country.
This money would go to an independent Next Generation Fund that would provide subsidies for operators to deliver super-fast internet to areas where it would not normally be commercially viable…”
“Not normally commercially viable” …? That’s the “countryside, ducky, you know – that place you have decimated and re-created as a sort of GramscoRamblerNazis’ theme park…
Well, all I have to say is, it’s strange and surprising that __THIS__ government wants to “deliver broadband” (at “commercially-viable rates” ) to areas which contain none of its voters!
Very odd indeed. I smell a rat, and I see it floating in the air….they are up to something, the buggers, so they are….I think it wants to remotely-scan their hard disks, so it can clear them out once and for all.