The Anonymous Widower

Nationalised British Broadband

Labour’s plans to nationalise broadband and provide it free to homes and small business is a cracker!

Advantages For Labour

It would have one big advantage for Labour!

It’s a great way of listening in to all their political opponents. They only have to ask the Chinese how to do it!

How for instance, would another political party, with a radical agenda organise?


Consider these points.

  • Mobile phone traffic uses the same Internet backbone as broadband.
  • Internet tech giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google wouldn’t pay up without a fight
  • Everybody’s pension fund would suffer, as BT is often there and shares would be replaced by junk bonds.
  • Virgin Media and other broadband suppliers would be nationalised as well or could become worthless.
  • A lot of American Internet companies would go running to the US President and just as Trump has applied tariffs willy-nilly in his trade war with China, a future President wouldn’t take it lying down.
  • The high-tech industry has already said they don’t like it.

The biggest problem is that Internet usage will grow exponentially with 5G broadband and all the connected devices, like

  • Driverless cars.
  • Automated warehouses and delivery systems.
  • Connected smart household and other appliances.
  • Connected massive screens, which every business, school or home will have.
  • Every child watching content on mobile devices.
  • Collectinbg operating data from cars, trucks and trains to make them more reliable.
  • Automated care assistance for the ill, frail and elderly.

Can any government afford the cost of continual upgrading of capacity, which will not be like anything seen before?

It certainly, is a cracker!

And if it is implemented, it will blow up in the ultra-Marxists’ faces.


November 15, 2019 - Posted by | Computing, World | , , , ,


  1. Yet more rubbish from Comrade Corbyn. You can see that their ultimate aim is for everyone to be dependent on the state, pretty much like China. It really makes me sad that as a working class person that the party that historically did do much for the working classes has turned into the anti-Semitic lunatic Marxist party. God help us all if he should win!

    Comment by mauricegreed | November 15, 2019 | Reply

  2. We never ad a phone in ye olden days but I remember how there was a waiting list for phones and many people had shared lines !

    Comment by Melvyn | November 15, 2019 | Reply

    • My late wife and I moved into a house in 1969 and had to wait a year for a phone.
      Despite living within two miles of Bank station, I can’t get fibre-optic broadband. Eight years ago, BT told my MP, that I couldn’t have fibre-optic as I was too close to the exchange. Speaking to the men in the holes opposite, it appears when they built my house as a group of four twenty years ago, they ran a direct cable to the exchange to install telephones. It did get cable from Virgin, which I used when I moved in. But it was so unreliable, that I changed to BT.
      To be fair to BT, I now have a souped up copper connection, which works well most of the time, except at very busy times. But that’s the exchange!
      BT engineers have told me, that to get full fibre to my house, would mean closing the main road that lies between my house and the exchange for a few days.
      There are problems like this all over our towns and cities and they will be fixed using mobile devices based on 5G. Some companies like EE, which is owned by BT, already have an offering, which is based on Huawei hardware.
      I suspect this technology will be used in lots of places. So will the next Labour Government nationalise EE, as well as BT?
      The bill keeps growing!

      Comment by AnonW | November 16, 2019 | Reply

  3. Shared lines became redundant in the early 1980s before BT was privatised. They had been introduced because of the cost of laying cables to remote rural areas. Interestingly, shared lines are still common in the US despite the telephone companies all being private.

    Comment by JohnC | November 15, 2019 | Reply

    • I wouldn’t say that shared lines are common in the US, although they do still exist in some isolated locations (and I think tend to still exist due to a frozen tariff arrangement making them cheap). And I think there are still a couple of “operator switched” payphones (no dial) in the US, also.

      And not all US telephone companies are private, a few rural ones are still municipally/cooperatively owned I believe (and there are even a couple of municipal/co-op mobile phone carriers I think, with coverage of a few square miles from a few towers with some bilateral roaming capability.)

      Comment by MilesT | November 29, 2019 | Reply

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