Supplementary memorandum received from
Mr Kevin Hutchens
I wish to submit the following views.
1. The availability of computers in libraries
has proved to be invaluable. However the prices vary from authority
to authority, from free to £4 an hour. It would be helpful
to users if one consistent rate could be encouraged.
2. Internet Cafes vary considerably in price
and quality. As do Computers on Railway stations. While Easy Everything
appear to offer an affordable way of accessing the internet I
have one reservation.
In the small print you have to accept that they
will send adverts with the e-mails you may send. However you have
no knowledge what the adverts are for. This requirement needs
to be made clearer to users as to exactly what it means.
3. The basic prices for a reliable computer
have to come down. At present the price structure gives the impression
that the market does not allow prices to drop less than £599
for a reliable package, many would find this unaffordable.
4. Advertising on the Internet needs regulation.
At present much of it is to say the least intrusive. A first step
would be to establish a register of e-mail users who do not wish
to receive unsolicited adverts by email.
5. The internet is a valuable, enjoyable
resource, but it needs regulating and refining.
6 January 2002