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Discounted fibre broadband for people on benefits

shawn mach
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BT is to offer fibre broadband at less than half price to people receiving universal credit and other state support in the UK, with more than 4 million households able to apply for the package.

People eligible for the BT Home Essentials package from June will pay £15 a month for speeds of about 36 megabits per second (Mbps) while the company’s equivalent offering for those not on universal credit costs £32.99 a month.

The social tariff is only for those receiving universal credit, the guarantee credit element of pension credit, jobseeker’s allowance, income support, and employment and support allowance.

... Virgin Media also offers existing customers who are on universal credit speeds of about 15 Mbps for £15 a month.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/may/03/bt-to-offer-under-half-price-fibre-broadband-to-people-on-benefits

Mike Hughes
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Driven by being a slowly dismantled monopoly and fears about market share but it does show that the Corbyn proposal was not so far fetched after all. Broadband itself will eventually be a commodity/part of infrastructure with little value. I expect others will follow to a lesser extent and fairly slowly.