By now you probably know the answer: it’s a bit of a joke.
We’re talking about the UK’s latest attempts to destroy the country’s traditional, cable-based TV and broadband services.
In the past few months, the government has attempted to make the transition to fibre-optic broadband a reality by passing legislation, the Communications (Telecommunications) Act 2015, to make it compulsory for homes to have fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) or fibre-reception connections.
It will mean that your broadband provider will be able to use your existing coaxial cable to carry the signals to your premises and then transmit them to the Internet, making the transition easier and faster.
If that’s not exciting enough, the Government has also announced a national broadband network plan to replace its current national fibre-coax network.
This will involve deploying fibre-cable networks across the country and using those networks to deliver the majority of the UK government’s fibre-based internet services.
In the words of a government spokesperson, the plan is aimed at “providing the fastest and most secure connectivity to the UK”.
But it is also a major headache for the UK as we head into the autumn, and we’re just getting started.
A lot of people have been waiting for the Government to actually make the switch to fibre and we’d like to make sure that doesn’t come to pass.
When the bill passed in the Commons last week, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) said that it would not support it, calling it a “terrible” proposal.
“It’s a disgrace to the British people that the Conservatives want to give a blank cheque to the cable industry to try to get us into the digital age,” UKIP leader Nigel Farage told ITV News.
“We know that the Government is determined to do the right thing for our country, but they are also determined to give away our freedom to cable companies, and it’s time we said no to this ridiculous legislation.”
It’s not just the Conservative party that’s against this.
And so it is, because the British government is now considering introducing a bill in the House of Commons, known as the Broadband (Data Capability) Act, to force ISPs to install the fibre-capable technology.
This would mean that consumers could access services such as Sky and Virgin Media over the internet without needing to have a physical connection to the home.
If passed, the bill would have a number of detrimental effects on the internet as a whole.
The legislation would mean consumers would be forced to pay for internet speeds that are far slower than what they could get from cable.
It would mean the internet could be blocked or slowed, leading to slow speeds and potentially slow speeds for some services.
It could also mean that the UK could have a very slow internet as it tries to implement a new broadband policy, potentially forcing the country to re-evaluate its reliance on fibre.
The bill has been met with resistance by all of the major political parties, with the Conservatives and Labour opposing the move and Labour MPs arguing that it is not a proper response to the changing times of the internet.
But the bill is unlikely to pass the House, as the Government’s opposition party is divided over whether it should introduce the bill.
What’s the Government up to?
The government is also working to roll out fibre to the premises (FTTP) and other broadband technologies, but this will not be possible until 2018.
The broadband bill has sparked a major debate in the UK, with many people arguing that this will make the country less attractive for future investment.
Why is this a big deal?
The broadband plan has sparked much criticism in the media, with one commentator calling it “a huge betrayal” and a “gift to the broadband industry”.
“This bill is a major betrayal of the future of Britain and a terrible step backwards for future broadband investment,” said a statement by the Institute of Directors.
But, according to a recent report by the research and advocacy group OpenMedia, the debate over the broadband plan is just part of a wider debate about the future in the digital economy.
Many people are concerned that the government is trying to destroy internet access as a technology that many of us rely on to do everything from making online purchases to making payments, to the government saying that we need to get over the fear that the internet will be “too expensive”.
The UK is currently the most expensive place in the world to access the internet in terms of internet speeds, according a recent study from the consultancy Netlab.
In fact, the United Kingdom has more than double the average speed of the EU.
However, a lot of things are changing.
When the internet was launched, it was largely seen as a technological breakthrough, one that would change the way we interact with the world around us.
However today, as many people use their smartphones