Anton Musgrave Thoughts

Ther woudl ahve to be specific restrictions on basic financial services, advice etc. Perhaps limited to transactional banking (with volume/value limits?), advice limited to 1 free consultation p.a. or perhaps compulsory courses in financial planning/budgeting etc at school - at higher levels of value than currently offered?

I dont see free life insurance unless it is severely limited to 1 years income or something like that?

Radical tax proposals could include no tax on first R500k profit/income for all?

To unleash any meaningful ecenomic power we need to deregulate labour law and ease business regulation dramatically as well - red tape is stifling everyone!
Posted: 6 November 2006 at 00:00

Doug Vining Basic Rights

I guess basic rights would be fairly basic, such as free local calls and wireless broadband, as well as basic banking and electronic alternative to cash in local currency. You could include mandatory life insurance for wage earners (like UIF) but anything beyond that would imply that the govt is going to pay for it from taxes, which would only work in welfare states like Scandinavia, where tax rates are very high. Perhaps a radical change in the tax regime coupled with a true attack on poverty might be more appropriate than changes to the constitution.
Posted: 7 November 2006 at 00:00

Doug Vining Broadband utility
The new utility. 'Broadband internet access is becoming so vital for businesses that it can be seen as a new utility comparable to water and electricity, a new United Nations report has revealed. The UN's Conference on Trade and Development’s 2006 Information Economy Report revealed that growing importance of high-speed internet access was "disturbing news" for the developing world.'
Smart Mobs
Posted: 30 November 2006 at 09:18

Wolfgang Grulke British government sees the light

15 January 2009...."Broadband is soon going to be added into the list of basic amenities in UK, as Lord Carter has dropped a hint yesterday that his notion for ‘Digital Britain’ will embrace broadband for all residents in UK by 2012."

Read more here:
Posted: 15 January 2009 at 12:55

Doug Vining Spain takes the lead

Spain Makes Broadband a Universal Right - [CBC] The government of Spain is making broadband internet access a universal right, forcing telecommunications companies to provide speeds of at least one megabit per second to all citizens by 2011.
Posted: 23 November 2009 at 07:13

Wolfgang Grulke Finland claims to be first country in the world...

On 1 July 2010, Finland has become the first country to make access to broadband a legal right for every citizen.
Posted: 19 August 2010 at 11:08

Doug Vining Bill Gates provides banking

Gates Foundation Pledges $500 Million to Give Poor Bank Access (Businessweek) - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $500 million over five years to help poor people get savings accounts, its biggest commitment to improving access to financial services. The pledge will let millions of people who live on $2 or less a day use mobile phones or visit a local store to deposit money, the Seattle-based foundation said in a statement.
Posted: 23 November 2010 at 07:30

Neil Jacobsohn Internet Access declared a basic human right - UN

Sometimes we call it right! FutureWorld publoihed its MindBullet in November 2006 (see attached) "reporting" that banking and communicatons have been declared a basic human right. And on Friday, the United Nations declared Internet access a basic human right. Read the report - now how long befotre basic banking joins the list?
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Posted: 6 June 2011 at 10:22

Wolfgang Grulke Internet Access declared a basic human right - UN

I love it when things come together!
Posted: 6 June 2011 at 12:00

Jean-Marie van der Elst Internet Access declared a basic human right - UN

Would be even better to see the Big IT Cos commiting resources to make it happen
Posted: 6 June 2011 at 15:01

Wolfgang Grulke It's happened

Our MindBullet published in November 2006 said it would happen by 2012, so we were out by a year!
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Posted: 17 August 2011 at 09:55

Doug Vining Electricity - a basic human right

I have a theory that, because our modern lifestyle above the poverty line depends on access to affordable energy, eventually many communities will expect affordable electricity as a basic right.

If Moore's law works the marginal price of solar power down to nothing, and the 'energy internet' becomes a reality, then we may well see electricity joining broadband as a basic necessity of life.

In Australia the wholesale price of electricity turns negative during sunny days, and now in Texas they are offering surplus power free to their subscribers late at night. These are pointers to the future of energy prices.
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Posted: 9 November 2015 at 15:02
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