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Broadband "as Essential As Electricity Or Water"

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The country is fracked.

What a ridiculous survey - they missed out 'Sky Sports' sub on their list of 'essentials'. :lol:

Hopefully the social security will implement emergency payments for the needy ASAP.

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Yes. Brits most certainly do have a disproportionate level of self entitlement.

I would argue that education is a right, but that is what libraries are for.

Pornography and downloading of illegal media is not a right.

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I'd say having broadband internet is pretty much essential for me, but then I work to pay for my broadband.

I don't want scroungers getting it for free out of tax money though. They can go to the library if they want to use the internet.

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The country is fracked.

The problem seems to be the nations ability to successfully analyse what it reads

The surveyors recorded:

"people who did not have broadband would be at a disadvantage, missing out on services such as shopping, banking and public services as they were increasingly being delivered online."

The surveyors concluded:

"It is being compared by consumers to gas and electricity - things which they think we all ought to have access to, almost as a right."

The Media concluded:

"as Essential As Electricity Or Water"

HPC concluded:

'The country is fracked'

Meanwhile most people would agree that piped water electricity and broadband are not essentials of life but they are nice to haves which it is difficult to do without once you have become accustomed to their convenience.

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The problem seems to be the nations ability to successfully analyse what it reads

The surveyors recorded:

"people who did not have broadband would be at a disadvantage, missing out on services such as shopping, banking and public services as they were increasingly being delivered online."

The surveyors concluded:

"It is being compared by consumers to gas and electricity - things which they think we all ought to have access to, almost as a right."

The Media concluded:

"as Essential As Electricity Or Water"

HPC concluded:

'The country is fracked'

Meanwhile most people would agree that piped water electricity and broadband are not essentials of life but they are nice to haves which it is difficult to do without once you have become accustomed to their convenience.

It's the sense of entitlement implicit in the increasing numbers of "things which they think we all ought to have access to, almost as a right."

The chair of the Communications Consumer Panel Anna Bradley said: "The key message is that people think broadband is at a tipping point. "It's fantastically useful for everyone, essential for some now, but will be essential for everyone in the near future.

This is likely to drive government policy, despite being only true for limited values of "essential" IMO.

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It's essential for some of us. And for the advance of the economy in general.

I'd be very happy to live with no road access, and am contemplating a property with no mains water. But I couldn't do without unmetered internet - which in the UK implies broadband.

TBH I'd find it difficult to adjust to not having internet access too, I use it for business purposes as well as for recreation. But I don't consider it to be a basic need -- closer to the Sky sub than to running drinkable water (which could indeed be provided from a spring or borehole, doesn't have to be mains).

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Hopefully the social security will implement emergency payments for the needy ASAP.

I'd :lol: but it will doubtless come to that in due course (if it's not already a child-poverty measure or something).

Surely people can compare their experiences of water cuts, power cuts and broadband outages though. "Hmmm, is it more important to be able to flush the loo, or read HPC?" Tricky question...

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I'd say given Internet access is pretty essential these days, especially with most billing now being done entirely electronically. Many companies charge £1 per paper bill required so it can actually work out more expensive than not having broadband.

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I don't class it as an essential, but I'd stop paying my licence fee and get rid of the TV before I gave up my Broadband.

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I'd say given Internet access is pretty essential these days, especially with most billing now being done entirely electronically. Many companies charge £1 per paper bill required so it can actually work out more expensive than not having broadband.

Yes -- in the context of a culture that considers so many billed services as essential.

It's the comparison with basic water/sanitation that seems so ridiculous to me.

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As it's so essential I think it would be a great idea to make some really cheap computers and sell them to countries in which basic sanitation facilities, shelter, medicine, and food are scarcely available to a significant percentage of the population

Bet nobodies thought of that

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The country is fracked.

shocked yet not surprised huw.

drive around the council estates & terraced properties, about 70% have sky dishes, those estates that don't have sky dishes will have cable tv, I guarantee you.

disclaimer - all generalisations taken from GOMstatsâ„¢

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It's essential for some of us. And for the advance of the economy in general.

I'd be very happy to live with no road access, and am contemplating a property with no mains water. But I couldn't do without unmetered internet - which in the UK implies broadband.

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People always confuse luxuries with necessities when they are well off (relatively speaking of course).

Quite right... its the "we can't even afford to go on holiday this year " mob... some of these guys even think its a right to buy a house.. its not... as with all things they all have to be afforded.

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What a ridiculous survey - they missed out 'Sky Sports' sub on their list of 'essentials'. :lol:

Hopefully the social security will implement emergency payments for the needy ASAP.

I think everyone is missing the big picture here.

Broadband is an essential. Or at least the Govt will be happy to consider it as one and put it into our 'typical basket of goods' because the price of broadband is coming down.

Sky Sports on the other hand is a luxury. Its not getting any cheaper.

How else can we have rampant cost of living inflation whilst the Govt figure fudgers tell us our money goes further than it did last year?

GET A GRIP ALL OF YOU!!

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As it's so essential I think it would be a great idea to make some really cheap computers and sell them to countries in which basic sanitation facilities, shelter, medicine, and food are scarcely available to a significant percentage of the population

Bet nobodies thought of that

Wrong...

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We don't need no stinkin sense of entitlement. As long as I've got me little tin shack, a loaf of bread a week, a dirty puddle to drink from and a cap to doff, I'm alright guv. That mister braahn does a marvellous, dont them mp's work hard for their money. Nah, it's a joke, broadband, entitlements. They'll be giving us books to read next, I ask ya. We'd all be so much happier just sitting in our own filth.

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why is it 'essential' :unsure: as a poster using good old steam powered dial up (not the fastest means of communication) it gives me time to think between sending and receiving (bit like a breather on a strategically placed seat on a hill climb). Having said that there are swathes of the 'rural areas' where broadband, mobile phone signals and digital TV access are not available where we get by quite well but recognise for businesses it is a different case.

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