Government mulls broadband help

The UK government is considering intervening in the way broadband is rolled out, in an effort to speed up the deployment of super-fast services. Stephen Timms, Minister for Competitiveness, ordered a summit to look at the role of government in providing next-generation broadband. While other countries are investing in new ways to deliver higher bandwidth, the UK is seen as lagging behind. Mr Timms said broadband infrastructure was one of his "personal priorities".

"Today we face a new challenge. Other countries are starting to invest in new, fibre-based infrastructure, delivering considerably higher bandwidth than is available in the UK today," Mr Timms told the Broadband Stakeholder Group and others attending a meeting on Tuesday evening.

"I have decided to chair a high level summit later this year to consider the circumstances that might trigger public sector intervention and the form that intervention might take," he said.

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Ah good old blighty. We privatise utilities so rich people can get richer. Sorry I mean encourage free market economy. Then we end up paying for stuff like this with our taxes. Why can’t BT foot the whole bill since it makes £2 billion+ a year?
Same thing happened with the trains.

The problem wasn't so much privatizing BT, it was the infrastrucutre ... we don't need a nationalized company to provide phone calls, water, gas, eletricity - but an impartial company looking out for consumers needs to run the infrastructure.

There is (simply put) no competition in infrastructure.

hows about banning the `fair use policy` bull**** especially when displayed with `unlimited bandwidth` and how about making it a law that the speeds they say you can get are the speeds you DO get instead of having 17Mbit less than what you should be getting (virgin media)

n_K said,
hows about banning the `fair use policy` bull**** especially when displayed with `unlimited bandwidth` and how about making it a law that the speeds they say you can get are the speeds you DO get instead of having 17Mbit less than what you should be getting (virgin media)

I agree with the fair use but the speed are just there for advertising. The real speed is divided by bout 8-10 so 20Mbits is 2-2.5MBs. Im with Virgin Media and they seem quite good.

I know the difference between Bits and Bytes, I am ment to get 20Mbit, my fastest download rate that I have seen is about 250Kbps, no where near the 2MB I should be getting, I`ve complained lots of times and they never do anything, whenever I complain now all they do is hang up, which is pathetic
overall I find virgin media a scum company, getting the old analogue TV service back in 1996 when it was cable tel, getting internet with them (33Kbps dialup) in 1998 and being with them ever since, and they treat us like ****
hope they go bankrupt for what they have done, or are they already bankrupt ? god get a decent company that isnt full of crap to take them over for a change

Jaxkesa said,

+1

Why the **** do you stay with a company that treats you like that? If you suffer it, they'll just keep milking you.