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Windows 7: At last! Broadband for all in the UK.

25 Mar 2010   #41
Tarka Dal


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
I note that Gordon Brown is giving 30 million to Sir Tim Berners-Lee ( the Brit who invented the World Wide Web) to set up some kind of complicated British IT support group for guidance etc on how to ensure he stays in at the next election

I don't understand smsff7 and product FRED. Would you really rather have free broadband than free healthcare?
That just makes no sense at all to me
Well said J Willyums
I'm a conservative but that is nuts...

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25 Mar 2010   #42
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

Careful boys or this thread will end up breaking the forum rules, discussing politics isn't allowed.
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25 Mar 2010   #43

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlexT2889 View Post
LOL! I find this amusing, how such a teenie tiny island country which is has a much lower population than the United States and less land to cover for technology to "spread" STILL doesn't have broadband everywhere? we have over 310 million people and probably the 3rd largest country by land (Alaska included) and we have every corner of the country covered with broadband and just about every citizen covered as well with multiple "broadband" options such as DSL, 3G/4G, Cable, FiOS, Satellite, WiFi etc. yet England needs a lameduck politician to push a damn Bill to FORCE everyone to get broadband? England is slow fer sure
In this thread you find several Americans complaining about a slow connection and the lack of alternatives.

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) statistics* from last summer shows USA with 26.7% is only 15th when measured broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants.

United Kingdom 'beats' USA being on 13th place with 28.9%. Even my tiny native Finland (9th, 29.7%) and adopted home country Germany (11th, 29.3%) beat USA.


* = see XLS-sheet 1d

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25 Mar 2010   #44

Windows Seven x64

From Previous post cut it out takes up much space

I think that's what differentiates people like yourselves from the few good people in life. Sad isn't it!
So that makes me bad? since It is what makes me different from the good people? Just trying to understand or If I am reading it wrong.
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25 Mar 2010   #45

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

zezasu, don't take the bait; it's not worth it.
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26 Mar 2010   #46

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zezasu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RST101 View Post
So many heartless people round here. Talk about not having compassion.
I don't think people are being heartless at all. Granted it is what you think but I think I would not like it at all either.

My reasoning is people should be self sufficient and work hard for they things they need or want. While I live in the US if I did not have Internet, we could easily go to a public library or go to my school and use their computers/wifi connections. There is always an option but some people choose to not use it. (does not count towards people who cant even get access to it in far away areas even though there is satellite web now. )
I am not some person who thinks they are high and mighty, considering my parents started dirt poor and worked hard and it is why I can enjoy using my web and other goodies. I will not forget that and keep going strong.
Today many people want something for nothing and it is what is making the world go sour.
Good on you for having your own opinion and your own emotions I'd rather show I had a heart of flesh and blood and not one chiselled in stone but we all different.

And are you sure it's not power, greed and the corrupt that make this world sour?
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26 Mar 2010   #47


Look at it this way:-

You take your car to the petrol station, you put 50 worth of fuel in your car but when you come to pay the assistant says you must pay a 5 surcharge to pay some of the cost of the guy on pump 2's fuel as he lives further away from the petrol station than you.

Is that fair? No, and neither is the broadband tax.
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26 Mar 2010   #48

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

Sorry I was off topic with my reply really but just responding to a couple of posts in this tread who were opposed to the healthcare bill in usa.

As for paying someone else's bill well I kinda agree with you but I also think circumstance play's a role too.
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26 Mar 2010   #49

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

As I said before I just think this has very little to do with computers on poor people's tables and free broadband for the masses.
It's all about economics and politics. A fiscal stimulus for Britain's IT & Telecoms businesses and improving Britain's perception as a nation "on the net" and ready for business.
It's not party political either. The other parties have said they would do similar things.
It makes good economic sense because it's very much cheaper than helping out major manufacturing industries and we can get some EU money for it making it even cheaper.
Plus the perceived payback in terms of the way internal and international business' view Britain is potentially good for such a small amount spent.

Also, at the end of the day this is a direct tax.
They have tried to make it more positive and perhaps more acceptable by tying it in with computers etc, making it sexy.
If they just said we're putting tax up by 50p people would complain. As far as I'm aware this is not "ring fenced" for IT so it could be used for any other thing the government wants at a later date.

Incidently when we're in the petrol station putting 50 of fuel in our cars a majority of that 50 is tax.
That's spent on a zillion things a lot of which neither of us would agree with.
If there's another guy on mobility allowance in there we might not just be filling his car up for him.
You and me (and others) might have bought him the car in the first place
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29 Mar 2010   #50


I would not trust the government or any part of it with our money. They will take the 50 pence and I will say that less than half will go to sorting out the broadband for all question.
Form a start, how will they give it out, who will get money from that fund, how much will they get,
Think its another rip off myself.
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