The internet is as vital as water and gas

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  1. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article6506136.ece

    Our glorious leader, has come up with this gem. Now I agree that it is essential (No Arrse/Porn!) my concern is where the grand commisar is going with this.

    If it is as essential as water and gas does this mean that the taxpayer will have to foot the bill in order that the untermench have internet access (of course to look for jobs not what benefits they are missing out on), in addition to the other benefits the non working class are entitled to?

    As an aside who gives a toss about C4.
     
  2. The poor don't get free gas - they do get water but that's a public safety issue as much as anything else.
     
  3. This seems like win win for the BBC. If things stay as they are, they will continue to pocket obscene amounts of cash from TV license money. If the license fee is shared, you can bet a penny to a pound of shit that the BBC will look at ways of incorporating more advertising packages into their terrestrial broadcasts Greedy shoites.
     
  4. As much as I love th einternet, its not a life essential.
    Browns opinion can only come from somebody who doesn't understand what its like to be unable to pay your elecricity bill, then you know whats essential in life
     
  5. The poor do not receive "free" water either, but when the water companies were privatised they were not given the legal power to cut off the supply of water (and sewerage) to people who fell into arrears with their water bills.

    So, if you don't pay your water bills, you ruin your credit rating but are not cut off!

    Litotes
     
  6. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    It is all relative to the quality of life that we want our communities to aspire to. Put it this way, digital technology is already spreading around the world. Do we, as a nation, wish to be able to communicate with our peers or are we happy to allow other nations to jump ahead?

    To some, broadband is as important as the traditional services already. As an example, I have friends whose livelihood completely depends on them having fast internet. They live in the Outer Hebrides. It is only the last couple of years since broadband has been available there, that the businesses have been able to set up.

    I suppose it could be argued that there are other far slower communication techniques that they could use to run and operate their business but as they are in competition with everyone else in the country who has broadband access, they would quickly go out of business.

    In short, the Island is no longer cut off, the community has a chance to expand as new people use the services to make profitable business and for the first time in a long time, there is a sense of optimism in the younger community, that they won't have to move away to find work.

    One Q though. Why is Channel 4 singled out as the only business named in this report? "....to help Ch4 to secure its future." Sounds like a justification for more state sponsorship/takeover to me.
     
  7. He obviously hasn't seen what the internet does for is image on A.R.R.S.E,the one eye'd mong. :lol:
     
  8. Its only a matter of time, if not done already, before access the internet is proclaimed as a fundamental human right.
     
  9. I can understand how the Government has reached that conclusion. Think about all of the other services that have been rolled out nation-wide (and most of them were paid for by the tax-payer, at least, in the beginning):

    The Royal Mail
    Roads (tarmacadam)
    Water/sewerage
    Rubbish collection
    Radio
    Electricity
    Gas
    Telephone
    Television

    You could include:

    Canals
    The Post Office
    Libraries
    Schools
    Railways
    Buses

    but, strictly speaking, they have not been made available throughout the country to every household.

    I am not surprised that the Government is thinking in this way, but am surprised that they plan to levy a specific tax on fixed lines. Strange.

    Litotes
     
  10. IS IT F**K
     
  11. Anybody else getting a dead link?
     
  12. The Internet is great. I rely on it for my income, and I'd be utterly screwed without it! However:

    I don't see how the Internet can ever be quite as important as water, the source of all known life.
     
  13. SERIOUSLY ONE OF THE MOST RIDICULOUS COMMENTS I HAVE EVER HEARD EVER ABOUT ANYTHING. THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE UNTIL I REALISED WHERE IT HAD COME FROM. WALOB!!!

    I weep for the future!!!
     
  14. Our glorious leader has said this to justify another tax. :evil: