The government are going to tax us all an additional £6 per annum to enable everyone in the UK to receive broadband. Well who cares about £6 a year, but why shouldn't private firms make the investment to get people in no service areas hooked up? They would then get a their investment back in customer fees wouldn't they?
I know it is uneconomic to get appreciable broadband speeds to certain locations over telephone wires, but aren't we on the cusp of a breakthrough in affordable 3.5g internet access? Cellular communications infrastucture is relatively cheap (that's why they have this sort of technology in developing countries in preference to a cable infrstructure).
Are the mobile telecommunications companies not already making a fortune out of us? I hope they won't be getting any cash handouts!
I wonder how clued up the government advisors are. I bet we have paid an arm and a leg for out of date information.
I'll hazard a guess that we tax payers will end up paying for hugely costly new telephone exchanges for a light smattering of dwellings by the time a cheaper alternative is already available. I am cynically surmising on this, but does anyone know what type of infrastructure the proposed taxes will actually fund?
Will the tax be withdrawn when the networks are up and running? (Yeah right!)
I wonder what unreasonable tax we should expect next.