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CWU call for spectrum auction profits to be invested in broadband
Thursday 24 March 2011 13:56:12 by John Hunt

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has called for the government to use money raised from the recently announced 900MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auctions to be used for broadband rollout. To date, the government has committed only £530m to be made available within this parliament to help fund broadband delivery to broadband notspots and slow spots. The CWU suggest that the money raised, which is likely to several billion pounds, should be used for reinforcing our broadband infrastructure.

"We welcome the Ofcom sale of 4G spectrum but urge the government to seize this opportunity to use the funds as a welcome windfall to inject much-needed cash into superfast broadband infrastructure across the UK.

Early investment in universal broadband will pay dividends many times over so we urge swift action to put the UK at the head of the superfast broadband revolution."

Andy Kerr, (Deputy General Secretary) CWU

Whilst such a large cash injection could go a long way to helping broadband by subsidising fibre broadband services to the final-third, where industry is unlikely to reach without the help of government funding, the money is already likely to be earmarked by central government to help fill a hole in the coffers of another government department. A plea of this nature is therefore likely to fall on deaf ears.

Comments

Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
our pleas always fall on deaf ears. I bet the money will be wasted just like tha last lot. If the CWU know how much the infrastructure needs upgrading in the notspots maybe their bosses should listen this time?
Posted by infinidim over 6 years ago
I think that they should invest this money in Broadband
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
And possibly the benefit of more work for CWU members...

cd - what do you want the bosses to do?
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
I think instead of auctioning just for £ they should set certain goals like:

x amount of coverage by x date
x amount of speed by x date
etc.

If these goals are met by the end of the license term, the money is refunded and a new license drawn up, people say corporations only see £, then lets embrace that.

Also removing taxes would also encourage further expansion into what would originally be unprofitable areas.
Posted by Locky over 6 years ago
which is likely to * several billion pounds
* = be

Please** of this nature are therefore likely to fall on deaf ears.
** = Pleas
Posted by themanstan over 6 years ago
otester

are you thinking along the lines of the license is cheaper if they meet these goals. i.e. rewarding rapid investment and rollout?
A company failing to do so would find itself paying larger license payments by failing to achieve milestones?
Posted by themanstan over 6 years ago
and i mean painfully large payments for failing to invest and rollout services.
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
Great idea, especially for those in the last 10%. Good ideas usually get ignored by people 'who know best'.
Posted by krazykizza over 6 years ago
Its simple, £20bn of investment into broadband rollout will see CWU and its members (me included) a few years worth of additional work. Happy days!!
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
@themanstan

Yeah.

They should also replace VOA with something similar.
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
How about VOA on certain copper lines instead of fibre. May have to be a bit cheaper as there is a lot of copper but this would definitely encourage ISPs to upgrade to fibre.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
@Legolash2o

Forgive me if I'm wrong but like the original 2G limitation on the 900Mhz spectrum I believe their is a limitation on removing copper and replacing it with fibre as BT wanted to do this originally.
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
Hence why i said "on certain copper lines" :)
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Which ones?
Posted by Legolash2o over 6 years ago
common sense really, examples would be..

The usual copper connections to homes/business.

If the cable is within concrete and can't be removed they don't have to pay VOA on it as long as that copper is not active AND they is a fibre cable being used instead. Saves them digging up the roads just to remove the copper.

An easier solution would probably be tax breaks :P
Posted by zemadeiran over 6 years ago
I say this to our elected officials: You are members of our society, stop pissing around and give us the infrastructure so we can get ourselves out of the shitehole that we are in....
Posted by zemadeiran over 6 years ago
My carbon footprint is 1.65 tonnes per year because I am in the fortunate position of working from home for people and companies all over the world.
Posted by zemadeiran over 6 years ago
I am more then happy to contribute to the UK economy via the taxes on my services which in turn creates a safe and economically secure environment for my kids to grow up in.
Posted by zemadeiran over 6 years ago
Let's stop moving sideways and instead move forwards.

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