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UK wants faster rather than more access to broadband

There will be happy and unhappy UK residents as the government has decided to invest £150 million to upgrade 15 cities to fiber-optic broadband, and leaving other areas with slow or no broadband access.

What is more important, faster broadband speed in few areas or higher overall access to broadband in more areas?  Apparently, the UK government feels that blazing fast fiber-optics in a few areas is more important than increasing the country’s overall access to broadband.

In a recent report, Lords communications committee states that the government's focus on improving already existing broadband in some areas means the country will risk leaving “people and businesses…behind.” 

“…Inadequate access to the internet and all its benefits is actually afflicting their daily lives,” states the report.

The committee believes that the government’s investment in delivering increased network speeds to few areas is a “flawed” strategy.   The BBC reports that the UK’s government is investing £100 million in fiber-optic hubs in 10 cities, and another £50m for smaller cities.

The committee adds to the objection of government-sponsored fiber-optic by stating that the plan does not benefit the country in the “long run.”

“The delivery of certain speeds should not be the guiding principle; what is important is the long term assurance that as new internet applications emerge, everyone will be able to benefit, from inhabitants of inner cities to the remotest areas of the UK.”

UK’s government is hoping to deliver improved broadband speed and high-speed wireless to 4.7 million residents by 2015.

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