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Old 11-12-09, 11:18 AM   #1
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So Mr Alasdair "Highway-robber" Darling wants to put a 6 a year charge on all homes with a fixed line.

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It is estimated that the broadband tax would raise about 170m a year, which is some way short of BT's estimate of 5bn needed to provide super-fast fibre services to every UK home.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8403273.stm

So is this actually going to be of any use to anyone except Chuckwood - who lives in the back of beyond?
Should it actually be charged, or isn't this kind of thing up to the phone companies anyway?
And is it more likely that the govt will just keep the money ( and my bonus) and say "Thanks very much"?
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Old 11-12-09, 12:49 PM   #2
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So Mr Alasdair "Highway-robber" Darling wants to put a 6 a year charge on all homes with a fixed line.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8403273.stm

So is this actually going to be of any use to anyone except Chuckwood - who lives in the back of beyond?
Should it actually be charged, or isn't this kind of thing up to the phone companies anyway?
And is it more likely that the govt will just keep the money ( and my bonus) and say "Thanks very much"?
I have a fixed line now thank you very much!
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Old 11-12-09, 06:03 PM   #3
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Well correct me if i am wrong, but once the fibre optics (To the kerb i think) are in place it opens up the market for people to switch to cable internet maybe?

If not, it will help out almost everyone in my opinion.

1, More reliable connections
2, hopefully no fair usage/contention issues
3, faster connection
4, more on demand services available

My internet is upto 8mb connects at around 7.5-8.5 but still suffers from contention issues in busy times. Would be nice to get a constant speed.
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I think you are dreaming if a broadband tax, which I think we already pay VAt on will fix them issues it won't halkf of them is down to the ISp and they won't change a thing.

I only see ti as ti truely is another tax for the government. And as BT shareholders voted no to a major rollout of fibre across the country as it would effect the share price to much. I don't see ti happening,
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it wont be used for areas where BB is already installed..this tax is to go towards getting the areas without BB access to a min 2mb (i believe) line. they claim it'll help with high-speed access but this tax wont raise even 10% of the cost
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I was reading somewhere this week about 4G mobile internet being on the verge of breaking, and this would go up to around 170Mbps, making wired broadband a thing of the past. I can't remember where I read it though... anyone know about it?

If that kinda speed can be done through antennas like mobile phone masts, everything becomes so much easier surely?
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The only problem with 3G and 4G is surely it is weather permitting, wont you get interfearance, and wont work in some structures as you cant pick up a signal etc.

I have enough trouble just getting 1bar on my phone at work.
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there are 4G networks out in the states already by all accounts, can't be far away I'd think...
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