I have posted on this topic a few times now, ranting about the stupidity of this ridiculous charge.
Now it seems that there is a government committee that seems to think this is true too.
All at once I’m in agreement with an aspect of the government!
Taxing those with a fixed telephone line to pay for ‘super fast’ broadband is such a stupid idea, whoever proposed it wants a good kicking.
The people it will effect are the people who WON’T get the benefit. Either they already have broadband or have chosen not to take the plunge (and probably run their houses with steam power )
I do believe, when I was a younger chap, that the government were warned thatÂ privatisingÂ theÂ telecommunications industry was a bad idea, and that profits would come before quality of service.
This tax has come about because BT and the telecom industry have said they don’t have the money to upgrade the UKs Internet infrastructure.
Maybe they could reinvest some of the Â£547M toward paying the tax; which experts estimate will only generate Â£175M- about 32% of BTs profit for the 2008-2009 period (bear in mind that the profits BT announced were down by 45% from the previous period, a whopping Â£991M)
From these figures, we can ascertain that it would take BT 5-8 years to pay for the upgrade if they were to invest all their profits toward this goal (BT estimate that it’ll cost about Â£5 Billion to do the job)
All these huge figures all seem a nonsense though – I can’t even imagine Â£1 Billion
Rant over – bedtime…
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