Free Broadband

  spuds 11:53 27 Jul 05

Well not really, but the title as gained your interest. Have you noticed all the special offers and incentives that are being advertised by all the various ISP's nowadays.

Free connections,free modems,upgrades to higher Mb's and Gb's. Major price drops and the like, yet it was only a very short time ago that there were very long and extended waiting periods for BB connections. BT could not cope, and it was stated that many landlines were not capable of holding broadband.Now that seems to have changed virtually overnight.

The government stated that broadband would be made excess able to the public, and this seems to be happening. Was the delay tactics a gain high profits marketing fiasco that as backfired on the original ISP's and BT's of this world!.

  Stuartli 19:00 27 Jul 05

You've also forgotten that BT has spent a great deal of time and money in upgrading (and is still doing so) exchanges throughout the country.

Many people do not seem to be aware that BT has technically been a very savvy company for many, many years.

For instance, it worked on the technology and capability 10 years ago to allow checking of service industries' household meters by phone - however, government interference put paid to such plans in case it caused job losses.

Another was video on demand. Again there were objections raised to the scheme from certain sections of the industry in the belief that it would affect their businesses.

The result. The idea was adopted by the Americans and Time-Warner soon conducted successful trials in some US cities and towns.

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