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Don't want broadband? Ofcom research explains why

Ofcom have announced the results of research it has carried out looking into why 30% of the population have chosen not to have Internet access at home.

According to the research, those likely to get Internet access at home in the next six months are likely to be younger adults who use the Internet already at work and have children. The key reasons cited for getting online include accessing information, communicating with friends, keeping up with technology and due to family recommendations.

The research identifies two main groups who are currently not online: The self excluded (42% of adults) are simply not interested and are more likely to be older non-computer users who cannot see a significant benefit. The financially excluded (30% of adults) on the other hand think the access is too expensive or that they didn't have the skills necessary to use it.

More information on the Ofcom research can be found here.


trust Ofcom to tweak statistics in this way. I don't tend to believe any data from suits any more. Churchill said 'I love statistics, I can make them say anything I like' and that is what OFCOM and BT are doing. And it is so wrong.what about the 3 million who can't get it?

  • cyberdoyle
  • over 11 years ago

there is a serious issue if there is still people who think broadband is too expensive, its already available for insanely cheap. So we going to see ofcom wreck the market more now by trying to force prices even lower for these people?

  • chrysalis
  • over 11 years ago

I fail to see the need to evangelise the internet. For those genuinely unable to afford access, I would doubt that getting online was a key concern for them.

Some people opt not to have a phone service at home due to expense. Some are unable to afford a TV Licence. I doubt that someone living hand to mouth would benefit from a subsidised internet connection that they could ill afford to begin with.

  • mishminx
  • over 11 years ago

"The key reasons cited for getting online include accessing information"

Well I never!!

  • Pigmaster
  • over 11 years ago

@chrysalis I bet the majority of those who think broadband is too expensive don't have any computers at home - that's what would put the start up cost out of reach of many of them.

  • jelv
  • over 11 years ago

jelv yes, you can get a internet capable pc for under a £100 these days, many phone contracts even give you a free laptop. So if these people consider that too expensive then the chances are they dont need the internet anyway and they would just consider it a luxury.

  • chrysalis
  • over 11 years ago

As with PAYG mobile the months when people were short of money they did not need to spend money, but with things like AV subscription, line rental and broadband subscriptions these are all regular bills you cannot afford.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 11 years ago

andrew I find it hard to believe noone can afford line rental other than those in very severe financial constraints, VM offer packages for £10 month, it is possible to get broadband for only the cost of line rental (without seperare BB prescription), most people probably spend more than that on their social life. I could even afford broadband when I was on the dole.

  • chrysalis
  • over 11 years ago

chrysalis:"I could even afford broadband when I was on the dole"
I have always thought the dole money was far too generous!

  • wilsenda
  • over 11 years ago

The real reason I bet there are so many people not have internet let alone Broadband is because :-

a registered sex offender and probably banned from the net.

b Put off because of all the gov't snooping proposals

c Put off because of the security surrounding the system such as phising and botnets etc etc

  • XANTIA-1975
  • over 11 years ago

How cheap does BB have to be? I pay under £22 per month for my landline, all 01/02/03 calls 24/7, and many overseas calls 24/7. Soon I will also have 0870 and 0845 calls inclusive. On top of this I get free BB @ 1.79 MB.
This lot cost me around £40 a month with BT plus £18 for "BB" at 512 Kbps. I am saving £432 per annum. The equivalent of 1 month's pension.

  • dragon1945
  • over 11 years ago

dragon1945 - I'd suggest a 256KBit service for £2-3 a month, paid yearly.

  • Dawn_Falcon
  • over 11 years ago

Would you believe there are some people who would think that £100 for a computer is expensive (and pointless) and £40 a month would be an outrageous waste of scant finances. dragon1945 is "saving £432 p.a.", eh? If you can't afford BB, and don't want a computer, it's all a waste of money, however much you "save."

  • RegNirrab
  • over 11 years ago

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