Digital Britain = Tax

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  1. Ben says:

    Cities always subsidize outlying regions. For example, without tax from cities, there wouldn’t be highways in the country. One could argue that broadband connections are the highways of the day.

  2. Lewis says:

    Let’s be honest, the only reason there are highways (motorways in the UK) in the country is to connect cities together. It’s a fringe benefit that the villages gain access to a motorway as a result of the road being built. The problem here is that these people asking for broadband in the country aren’t close enough to a “motorway” that has been built already.

    While we’re using the motorway analogy, it’s like the Government asking the tax paying public to pay for a road building company to build a motorway to connect a tiny village community directly to the motorway network, stick a toll booth on it and pocket the profits.

    The companies that provide these services aren’t willing to build the road from their own pockets and it’s unfair to ask the tax payer to stump up the cash only for the companies who weren’t willing to delve in to their own pockets anyway to reap the rewards. BT and Virgin know this and that’s why it hasn’t been done for rural broadband and probably why they’re keeping quiet on the subject too. Obviously they want the tax payer to pay for the infrastructure to be put in if they’re going to reap the rewards!

    -Lewis

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