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[Tuesday 16th June 2009 at 7:19 pm]

So, among other weird and wacky plans from the Digital Britain report (such as switching off FM/AM radio within 6 years and shifting to overcompressed DAB), the governemnt intends to tax all fixed phone lines to the tune of £6/year, so that those in places where it's not economically feasible to get broadband will be able to join the Web 2.0 revolution. This money will be going into some mystical pot, to feed an undefined set of commercial network operators.

I'm sure I'm missing something here. BT is the fixed line operator here - surely all that's needed is to make it BT's problem to provide internet access to the population. The vast majority of UK internet connections in any case use BT's wiring and BT's hardware (and even if your ISP has local loop unbundling and you pay someone else for your phone it's still BT's wiring to your house).

Plus there's the blindingly obvious fact that a large chunk of those not experiencing the joys of 2Mb/s ADSL don't actually need or want it. In a recent report OfCom did, 43% of those unconnected said they weren't interested even if it was completely free.

'Course, the way the government's looking at the moment it'll all be scrapped this time next year.
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