Feeds

Why the UK will always be second best on the Internet

Opinion: While Bell Atlantic is launching broadband in a box, UK web users are still waiting

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The prime minister goes around the country trying to persuade the business community that the Internet is a good idea; a second senior exec walks out of one of the UK's top companies complaining of a lack of Web investment. While '.com' is worth millions, '.co.uk' can't scrape together the price of a cup of tea. Americans have a very simple strategy which almost always works in their favour: if something looks, feels, smells and tastes better than what currently exists, they'll buy it and then, crucially, use it. And so it is with ADSL. ADSL makes the Internet go much, much faster than it does at the moment. It needs two things: a box at the end-point and a bigger box at a telephone exchange. That's about it. Now, compare these two approaches and decide which one's better. Approach One: Work on the technology until its reliability is assured. Start selling to big business. Make consumers aware of the technology. Offer cut-price DSL boxes for consumers to wire-up themselves to get the technology installed faster. Approach Two: Spend six years testing the technology. Wait until the government forces you to release it. Try to stop anyone else from using it. Make bold, contradictory statements within days of one another. Withhold as much information as possible. Delay. Delay some more. Charge over the odds. It doesn't take a genius to realise that approach number one belongs to Bell Atlantic and approach number two to good old BT. If you live in the US you can now go and by a DSL box from a store for $99 and have 640Kbps downstream for $50 (£30) a month or 7.1Mbps for $190 (£115) a month. If you live in the UK, from March next year you should be able to pay someone to fit the box for you (prices yet to be confirmed) and for 512Kbps you can expect to pay £40 per month, or, for the extravagant, a whole 2Mbps for just £150 a month. Incidentally, the senior exec mentioned at the beginning of this piece came from none other than BT. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.