|Campaign for Unmetered Telecommunications|
There are four main groups to whom you should write with your views on the price of telecommunications pricing:
Write a short letter (or email) to the company which supplies you with a telephone line and ask them a simple question:
Why do they not offer the option of unmetered voice and data tariffs?
Please read the Mythbusters section of this site to prepare yourself for the excuses they may make in response (if they respond at all), and let them know that you won't accept being fobbed off!
Complete the short feedback form on OFTEL's web site demanding that they do more to force telecommunications companies to offer the option of unmetered telephone tariffs.
All national newspapers and television stations now have Web sites. Write to them, and your local newspaper, asking them to do more about this important issue. Unmetered tariffs would be to their advantage as well!
Despite numerous promises about linking schools to the Internet, open government, and making more and more governmental information available online, the Government seems not to have realised that the main cost of using new technologies isn't that spent on computers or set-top boxes but the open-ended cost of maintaining a connection.
Although all MPs have access to email, through the Houses of Parliament's own facilities, only about one-third of them actually use the service.
To prevent mailbombing, MPs' Parliamentary email addresses are not made public and the best way to contact them remains the postal service. All letters should be addressed to:
If you don't know who your MP is you can find out from Constituency Locata.
Remember that Members of Parliament are paid by us to do what we want them to do. Don't be afraid to tell them what you want - politely, of course. You don't have to be a United Kingdom citizen to approach your MP, and you don't have to have voted for him or her at the last General Election. You don't even have to be of voting age! (In fact, most MPs are doubly impressed by correspondence from minors!)
Here are a few MPs you can contact who are either in a position to do something about the problems outlined earlier or have an interest in change. If one of those is your constituency MP, find out when they hold Parliamentary Surgeries from your local newspaper and see them in person.
Members of the Select Committee on Trade and Industry
Members of the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport
Other Members of Parliament who participated in the
the House of Commons on 11 July 1997 (most took part because of their professional or personal interest in IT):
Other MPs with an interest not already mentioned:
Research and Text by Richard Sliwa
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