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MSE News: Web licence to be compulsory for ALL internet users



  • patchwork_cat
    patchwork_cat Forumite Posts: 5,874 Forumite
    Not a funny April fool at all - MSE dealing with people facing hardship should know better than to scare people this way.
  • terra_ferma
    terra_ferma Forumite Posts: 5,484 Forumite
    maginot wrote: »
    What's the date today?

    It should have clicked when I read that MSE was going to give out money to contribute to this tax :D
  • terra_ferma
    terra_ferma Forumite Posts: 5,484 Forumite
    Google analytics had it's own version of April's fool, websites suddenly got several visitors from the International Space Station, but they gave away the game with "keyword: april's fool" :D
  • j.e.j.
    j.e.j. Forumite Posts: 9,672
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    if it's an April Fools it's a bit of a weird one.. :undecided
  • Bengt
    Bengt Forumite Posts: 144 Forumite
    In Sweden where I live this is not a joke. As of 1st of January you are forced to pay TV license if you have any of the following:
    - Computer
    - iPad or other tablet
    - Smartphone...

    The TV license is around £ 150 per year and household. If you have a TV already this really does not matter. But for those who do not...
  • MiserlyMartin
    MiserlyMartin Forumite Posts: 2,219
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    Yes indeed hilarious joke but please make it about something that isn't likely to happen. People really have short memories.. don't you remember the last Labour government broadband tax? ....

    "By Nick Collins

    7:30AM GMT 22 Jan 2010
    comments.gif13 Comments

    The tax unveiled last year by Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, is designed to raise £175 million to fund super-fast broadband across the country.

    Every house in Britain with a fixed-line phone – an estimated 23 million homes – will be charged an extra six pounds per year on their tax bill to pay for the plans.

    But the Conservative Party said the tax will force more than 3.2 million households, including pensioners, to pay for a service they do not use and have no interest in signing up for.

    They also said that 200,000 households, according to official figures, could be unable to afford the tax.

    Shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt told The Sun: "Millions who don't want the net will be forced to pay, and tens of thousands will no longer be able to afford the internet.

    "It isn't fair, isn't necessary and isn't acceptable."
    The Treasury reportedly confirmed that there would be no exemptions for ordinary households."
  • jammerr
    jammerr Forumite Posts: 215
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    some of you are biggest killjoys known in existence. it was funny.

    'The BBC do actually want to extend the TV licence fee to cover catch up TV and thus, iPlayer, Youtube and the internet!!!!'

    Any evidence or just scaremongering?
  • Quentin
    Quentin Forumite Posts: 40,405 Forumite
    Poor attempt MSE.

    Not funny to use your "reputation" like this to make fools out of us.

    £50 is small beer to a multi millionaire, but big bucks to many!
  • spannerzone
    spannerzone Forumite Posts: 1,549
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    oh booh hoo you miserable so and so's :D

    It's a joke and every big business does it on 1st April, I wish they didn't but the funny bit is when people fall for them rather than the jokes themselves.

    Never trust information given by strangers on internet forums
  • Blackbeard_of_Perranporth
    Blackbeard_of_Perranporth Forumite Posts: 7,605
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    Too late, is gone 12.
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