People respond to Labour’s free broadband announcement in the best possible way

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
Afroze Fatima Zaidi

With campaigning for the upcoming general election in full swing, Labour has announced a ground-breaking new policy: free broadband for all.

Considering how much we use the internet now, the policy clearly appeals to a lot of people:

 

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It seems that the only people who benefit from privatised internet services are the companies set to lose profits as a result of a nationalised service:

While the naysayers have been trying their hardest to attack the policy as unachievable or just too socialist, the response to them has been decidedly hilarious:

BBC Radio 4‘s Justin Webb interviewed shadow chancellor John McDonnell. However, people weren’t really convinced by Webb’s arguments against the policy:

Free broadband for the many

Jokes aside, it’s clear that nationalising the provision of high speed internet is a great policy for many reasons:

More than just making economic sense, though, the policy is great for making the internet easily accessible. Especially to people who rely on it heavily for their basic needs:

For a lot of people, this policy announcement makes their choice on 12 December an easy one:

Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, Labour has promised a government that works for the many, not the few. Free access to ultra-fast broadband is certainly one way of achieving this goal.

 Featured image via Wikimedia/Sophie Brown

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    1. Woo-Hoo! Free Super-Fast Broadband?, yup that works for me on soooo many levels.

      The following is for those who still don’t know;

      No more rip-off ISP’s pretending they’re giving you the best deal on the planet, whilst still playing loose with internet jargon to confuse and mislead people on internet speeds (MB’s = Mega-Bytes (as in file size), Mb’s = Mega-Bits (as in upload/download speeds), same with KB’s and Kb’s, a Bit is 8 times smaller than a Byte, or in other words there are 8 Bits to 1 Byte).

      For example, if your ISP offers you up to 100-Mbps download speeds, that is 100-Mega-Bits per second, which is different (and 8 times slower) than 100-Mega-Bytes per second (MBps). It is generally the form that transmission Speed is expressed in Bits, whilst file Sizes are expressed in Bytes, however there are still programs and apps, and websites and others who misleadingly quote MB’s as transmission speeds.

      This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, if you are literally able to download a 100-MB file in 1 second, then you are getting 100-Mega-Bytes of data downloaded in 1 second, but if it takes 8 times longer, it is because the connection speed is 100-Mbps, Not 100-MBps.

    2. Ah yes, I remember BT before it was privatised: it took around six weeks to connect a phone in a new property (even if that property had previously had a phone connection), second lines were impossible and disconnections and interruptions to the service were frequent.
      Please let’s not go back there.

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