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    UK Gov to provide 6 months free broadband to jobseekers

    It has picked TalkTalk to be the provider, helping it to tackle 'digital exclusion'.
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    Re: UK Gov to provide 6 months free broadband to jobseekers

    Old Dido's former company.. Coincidence or Corruption reigns supreme in modern Britain?
    Should be available for a set of providers really, however its a good idea. So also would be supporting local libraries as a lot of people without home computer equipment use those to get online.

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    Re: UK Gov to provide 6 months free broadband to jobseekers

    It should be free everywhere but with limited speed. If you need faster connection - have to pay, internet became a basic need, you can't charge for it in developed countries.

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    Re: UK Gov to provide 6 months free broadband to jobseekers

    Quote Originally Posted by rave_alan View Post
    It should be free everywhere but with limited speed. If you need faster connection - have to pay, internet became a basic need, you can't charge for it in developed countries.
    I totally agree. If they gave every house for example 5-8mbit ADSL for free this problem wouldnt exist.

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    Re: UK Gov to provide 6 months free broadband to jobseekers

    Quote Originally Posted by Mapester View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rave_alan View Post
    It should be free everywhere but with limited speed. If you need faster connection - have to pay, internet became a basic need, you can't charge for it in developed countries.
    I totally agree. If they gave every house for example 5-8mbit ADSL for free this problem wouldnt exist.
    Someone will need somewhere to install it, so houses should be free, and the food too, need stacks when binging Netflix (also free). Don't forget about the water, power, oh, and a free car (electric, of course). And unlimited free money too.

    Meanwhile, back on planet earth, who and how do you pay for this?

    I have my bingo card ready.

    [but mostly. No, no no. I want the government as far away from the internet as possible]

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    Re: UK Gov to provide 6 months free broadband to jobseekers

    What if you're already tied into a contract with another provider?

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    Re: UK Gov to provide 6 months free broadband to jobseekers

    Quote Originally Posted by gagaga View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mapester View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rave_alan View Post
    It should be free everywhere but with limited speed. If you need faster connection - have to pay, internet became a basic need, you can't charge for it in developed countries.
    I totally agree. If they gave every house for example 5-8mbit ADSL for free this problem wouldnt exist.
    Someone will need somewhere to install it, so houses should be free, and the food too, need stacks when binging Netflix (also free). Don't forget about the water, power, oh, and a free car (electric, of course). And unlimited free money too.

    Meanwhile, back on planet earth, who and how do you pay for this?

    I have my bingo card ready.

    [but mostly. No, no no. I want the government as far away from the internet as possible]

    Nothing is free - but essential infrastructure are funded via taxation - things like roads and so on. Even the telecommunication system in UK was originally built out that way too. A basic internet access with a low set speed to allow for the basic access - ie email and accessing necessary services (gov websites, job seeking like in article, even utilities and banking) wouldn't be a bad idea in an very digitised world with some services being online only. Might even have a data cap that's sufficient for the above (wouldn't be that high data usage) in order to keep cost low.

    You pay for a faster service to allow for things like video streaming/gaming etc and fully featured websites etc as well as unlimited data etc.

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    Re: UK Gov to provide 6 months free broadband to jobseekers

    Would be more useful if the "government" picked a provider that offers services more widely. Last time I was looking at switching ISPs, neither Talk Talk nor Sky would offer broadband of any description here, I went with Plusnet. BTW, I am not in the middle of nowhere, just a few miles west of Taunton.

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    Re: UK Gov to provide 6 months free broadband to jobseekers

    It would be useful if the government also included mobile internet too,because if someone is living in a room in a shared house I am uncertain how this is going to work out??

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    Re: UK Gov to provide 6 months free broadband to jobseekers

    Quote Originally Posted by bae85 View Post
    What if you're already tied into a contract with another provider?
    Then this isn't relevant for you as you already have a connection...plus, you really wouldn't want to be wtih Talk Talk given they are one of the worst ISPs in the UK. This is targeted at those who don't have internet but need it to effectively search for a job as you pretty much do these days, particularly during the Pandemic. Overall a good thing imo, given its on a short term basis.

    I don't agree internet should be provided by the state as a rule, as that way leads to some nasty things...but state funded and then provided through independent companies (ideally whole of market)...thats different and something we should consider, providing we can find the money from somewhere other than putting up taxes.

    It's a shame they didn't do this as a service with a choice of providers to broaden people's connectivity options - I imagine this is duet o cost though, as along with being one of the worst ISPs to deal with talktalk are also one of the cheapest. So that sadly makes sense.

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    Re: UK Gov to provide 6 months free broadband to jobseekers

    For those old enough to remember the Labour governments of Wilson and Callaghan, the UK ended up being prosecuted by the EU over our abysmal water quality. Of course, we no longer have the EU as a backup, and our recent governments have been an absolute shower.... except they're now completely unchecked, to boot.

    So for those who suggested it - Believe me, you do NOT want things like your water services funded by taxes and run by the government!!!
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