Friday, April 17, 2009

Government hints at funding broadband for rural homes

Mandelson hints at £1bn plan to supply rural homes with superfast broadband

Mandelson hints at £1bn plan to supply rural homes with superfast broadband, ministers are considering substantial cash investment to avoid a situation where only half the country is easily able to download film and television programmes. Mandelson added that government cannot be indifferent to wider national needs for a globally competitive economy", and believes that taxpayer-funded spending on high-speed internet could be sold as part of a wider job creation scheme. Sounds like a state subsidy to prop up ailing B.T. with more non-existant cash the borrowing (or printing) of which will eventually be sucked out of our pockets.

Posted by enuii @ 10:34 PM (958 views)
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5 thoughts on “Government hints at funding broadband for rural homes

  • WTF…..and they are going to tax us to death to pay for absolute rubbish like this?

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Fair enough, MPs need to be able to download porn when they are in their country mansions.

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  • Actually, Labour promised to do something very similar in the mid nineties, when they were in opposition.

    BT made a conditional offer to cable every house in the country (they wanted to be the exclusive service provider for a number of years to recoup the investment) – the Tory govt thought the deal was too anti-competitive, and Labour backed it (I thought it was a sound idea at the time)

    However, in the run-up to the ’97 election, Tony Bliar went to see nice Mr Murdoch (prop. Times, Sun, and, importantly, Sky)

    Needless to say, our Rupert didn’t want his Satellite business facing serious competition, and TB wanted Murdoch’s media empire to back him in the election campaign.

    So Labour dropped its pledge..

    – great democracy!

    As Mandelson knows that Labour can’t win the next election, with or without Murdoch, he’s started to come out with ideas to make people think he’s not a two faced freeloading little creep any more.

    Sorry Peter – we know you too well..

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  • so 60% of hits is porn 30% illegal music and film downloads…but good news our kids will be able to cut and paste untrue articles for their homework at lightening pace!

    In years to come internet will be seen as a monster and be replaced by intranet

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  • Yes, please.
    From a rural dweller.

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