Left in the hands of a government agency it would be an expensive, underperforming and out-dated service. They always are.
But even if you refuse to compare against a hypothetical scenario the truth is that UK broadband is still some of the cheapest in the world.
The way CPs are pulling everything into Line Rental is irritating but in practice doesn't really mean much. It's unlikely it would make much difference even they chose to break the charges down in a more reasonable way. CPs are not making money hand over fist. Most are struggle to make a profit which is multi-play is so popular.
We really don't know where we would be if the telecom market was not privatised, it may have been better. The problem is line rental keeps going up and yet we get nothing for it and it is not like we we can choose another provider, ok we can, but the prices are more or less the same. The other problem is most broadband providers will not allow customers to take just broadband and then have a look at prices of line rental form other companies and the ones that do decides to up the prices.
Plusnet, one of the few that do allow you have just broadband is £17.49 a month for their lower speed FTTC without line rental, £15 more or less if you have line rental. so to save anything if I went onto their FTTC only service I have to find someone who have line rental below £14,50, which is more or less impossible.
Who one earth allowed this you must have our line rental if you want our broadband anyway?
It is like going into Tescos and they saying, if you buy bread from here you have to buy our butter to go with it.
Even with energy we can choose to have separate gas and electric, sure you may get a better deal if you have it from the same company, I say may, because not always. I know of someone who got their energy from two different companies and save money,, but you need to through a lot to get it and a lot of research. i looked at it, but it would cost me more.
It would be nice to have more of a choice, there is very little to choose to be honest between all the large providers, they all use the same network and they are more or less the same price. i think it is bull that they struggle to make a profit, if it was that bad they would close. I presume Sky started broadband because they thought it would bring more people to Sky and yes no doubt companies do use other services to try and get people to use their broadband network, but they are still making a profit out of broadband, if they think we are using too much bandwidth then they need to change their pricing options.
I really must send a email to Vodafone talking about multiplay and tell them to stop bugging me about their broadband.
Oh yes, just as a edit and after thought, 18 month contracts are too long, they also need to be reduced.
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Edited by zyborg47 (Thu 30-Jun-16 11:06:51)