Not only are most of the broadband companies owned by big multi-nationals, but many are owned by other companies that conduct animal testing et al. So it pays to look at a good broadband company to switch to, as unless you have free Internet, you likely subscribe to a broadband company, to access the Internet. Of course if you only use the Internet on your phone, then switching to a greener phone company is the alternative. Also help a cause as you surf the web.
- Green ISP & Green Net are two main green broadband providers. They both offer broadband for personal and business use, with green energy and carbon offsets.
- The Phone Coop is the UK’s only co-operative telecoms supply. It can sign you up from £22 a month, and guarantees not to whack the price up, when you leave the contract.
- BT is the best choice for ‘conventiona’ WiFi, with good customer service, if you don’t have a router or travel for work.
- Vegan Web Hosting is a unique company that you may wish to switch to, if you surf the Internet or run a website or blog. This honest and ethical company also offers stellar support, along with no suspended hosting (does not turn off sites if they become popular) nor crowded servers (keeping the sites fast and reliable).
Affordable Broadband Services
We Own It wants broadband to come out of private hands, saying it would be £12 billion cheaper, if owned by the public. presently, only 14% of the UK has full-fibre connection, and less than half of low-income households have Broadband home Internet. So this means it can be difficult for families to even find a job or do homework, and rural start-ups find it hard to make a living.
Digital Poverty Alliance reports that 2.5 million people are behind with their broadband bills, and half of those who have no Broadband, say it’s because they could not afford the average monthly bill. And although it’s nice for youngsters to be outside in nature, it’s true that most today need laptops to do their homework. Yet a quarter of children do not have access to a laptop.
- Community Fibre offers fast London broadband in 32 boroughs, with no line rental. You also receive a free quality router and UK calls and TV packages. From around £17 a month, there are also student discounts available. Installation is also free, which takes around 2 hours by an engineer.
- EnableNet is the first non-profit Internet company. Set up by a Scottish entrepreneur during the pandemic who realised how beneficial being online could be for those unable to afford conventional broadband, each customer joining, enables them to donate Broadband packages to a family in need. Just enter your postcode, sign up and they will do the rest. The 6 month contract has rolling payments thereafter.
- Broadband for the Rural North starts at £33 a month (£66 a month for registered companies) and £15 a month for people on Council Tax support. This community benefit society also offers a £5 monthly tariff until your other deal runs out, along with a £60 one-off connection fee. This company does not use overhead copper landlines, so water ingress nor high winds or storms (common in northern England) don’t affect connection. There are no line rental charges, and no 24/7 help (as their office works office hours.
- National Device Bank is a nationwide program that is giving refurbished devices to communities in need, to help those without access to the Internet.