Broadband stealth tax
I have been an internet user since before we had a graphical internet, in those days i had to call a national number and pay through my nose to connect to the internet via a london gateway.
i have moved with the times probably subsidising not only BT but telewest, blueyonder, virgin now o2 and bethere.
my question is i have been an early adopter for 20 yrs now, i have always had to pay premium prices for services for all of this time. so my main question is where did all that money i paid to BT and the cable companies go. not pnly have i paid my fair share of money to these companies so that they can supply me with what i need/want they now want a bigger share of my funds so i can pay for something i thought i was paying for.
no privatised company should be allowed to get away with what they are getting away with, the early adopters have already paid this money out so that everyone else has the ability to connect to the internet cheaply, I suggest that the government goes to these people in rural areas and gets them to pay the extra money for the services like they already do when they need a road or electricity and gas running to out of the way places.
I for one will be looking at my internet usage and cutting down in the future as nowadays we spend more time than ever searching for what we want on the internet and we spend far too long checking that the latest email is a scam.
when the uk`s services get as good as sweden or tiawan or any other third world country then i will gladly pay extra but i will not pay any more stealth taxes to help fat cats get rich while the rest of us subsidise low standard access.