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A thread on the #Labour Labour Party's #BroadbandForAll policy. There are three elements: 1; #zero price #freebroadband, (2) #Nationalisation and (3) #monopoly.
Zero Price. One argument for zero price is that there are positive externalities and network effects for bringing everybody to the same high level service. A second is And that leaving poorer citizens and lower margin business behind is less inclusive.
Clearly charging those who can afford would make it less costly to the taxpayer, and be less regressive, but it is messy. But surely over time that would emerge? And behavioural insights might help design 100% take up with mostly positive pricing.
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It was inevitable that the Vote Leave team - which went on to form this government's Downing St apparatus - would replay the 'fake claim & offer on a bus' stunt.
They are good at framing.
Fortunately, so is Labour. Which is why the Tories are doing the bus thing again.
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The original bus was designed to promote a general impression of high EU membership costs. And tie that to a false offer on the NHS. Which we all know the Tories want to sell off to American companies.

But it worked because bien pensants (like me, at the time) amplified it.
We were all outraged at the bus lie, so we explained all day long how it wasn't true.

We suckered for the frame. Thereby endlessly repeating "£350 million" and "spend £350 million on the NHS".

It was the best advertising Vote Leave ever had - and WE gave it to them FOR FREE
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The establishment media are going mad about the Labour’s #freebroadband plan saying it will hurt people’s pension plans. Yet they provide no evidence for this.
In this Thread, I provide EVIDENCE that Labour’s plan will save money for people with cash pension pots..
The valuation of BT at the start of November was £20.09 billion
The most recent valuation of the FTSE 100 I could get is Jan 2018, which is £2.054 trillion
BT therefore represents about 1% of the FTSE 100
(NB this is generous as BT’s share price is now lower than Jan 18)
The default fund choice in most cash pension plans splits investments between the UK and global funds. Most typically 60% UK / 40% global.
BT would therefore represent 0.6% of someone’s cash pension fund.
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1/ Hello, Internet greybeard here. I don't normally do party politics on twitter but @johnmcdonnellMP @UKLabour Internet policy announced yesterday is an interesting industry development that needs comment.
@johnmcdonnellMP @UKLabour 2/ It is difficult to build a list of every single active Internet Service provider in the UK as the market is so dynamic. It ranges from BT at one end to small, sometimes local providers who have invested in fibre infrastructure to serve their local communities.
@johnmcdonnellMP @UKLabour 3/ A good place to start is the fact that there are 880 members who exchange traffic on the London Internet Exchange That number isn't an accurate reflection of the number of organisations providing service to UK homes and businesses though.
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