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Standard User Ignitionnet
(knowledge is power) Thu 29-Mar-18 09:35:59
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Re: USO: Who is eligible


[re: MrSaffron] [link to this post]
 
In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
And a USO that saw people using the 'fund' to roll-out where other affordable options were available would

a) Not be popular among those with no options and were seeing delays in service delivery due to volume of work


Wouldn't really amuse those paying for it through higher bills either. People who have relied on purely commercial deployments of usually hybrid technologies can reasonably be a little upset if their taxes are going towards subsidising FTTP via BDUK and their higher bills going towards providing those who already have gigabit access alternatives.

EDIT: To change the poor spelling in the subject.

Edited by Ignitionnet (Thu 29-Mar-18 09:36:35)

Standard User RobertoS
(elder) Thu 29-Mar-18 10:14:36
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[re: Ignitionnet] [link to this post]
 
In reply to a post by Ignitionnet:
EDIT: To change the poor spelling in the subject.
There were four earlier posts with it correct wink.

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Standard User hvis42
(regular) Thu 29-Mar-18 10:52:50
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What if they put the prices up to £100/month if they realised they were the only provider


If they did that, someone else would eventually appear to sell the service for less. This is the part where competition kicks in. In the recent announcements in Southwark (SE16), both Gigaclear and Hyperoptic will now start a large, mostly overlapping project there. Which indicates there is interest to compete even with the current £35/150Mbps pricing level.

If Hyperoptic singled out just your building to charge £100/month, they would need to change their advertising, starting from their web pages. If everyone pays £35, they can advertise that. If it is a different price based on where you live, they would need to change to "prices starting from .... please contact us to get an individual quote", which does not quite sound the same. A lot of hassle for being able to gouge a few extra quid from those who do not have any choice. They would also need to constantly update their "rip off" -address database and remove £100 pricing as soon as competition appears. Managing this could well cost more than it ever generates in revenue.

And last, USO is not a proposal to provide cheap and fast internet for everyone. It is only focusing on the "fast" aspect (which of course can be debated but in another discussion). If you have fast internet available but you are not happy about its cost, USO is not the mechanism to fix this for you, and it was never meant to be.


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 29-Mar-18 11:10:56
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[re: hvis42] [link to this post]
 
Gigaclear in SE16? I think you mean Community Fibre

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Standard User hvis42
(regular) Thu 29-Mar-18 11:36:36
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Might be. Probably. There was Hyperoptic and someone else. Anyway, there are two, which means competition will work at least in urban areas also in the future, and being the only fast internet provider is not a carte blanche to charge ridiculous prices.
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