Government promises renewed broadband investment

The government has decided to take on itself a multi-million pound spending to “accelerate the future of broadband”

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Now as vague as the sentence “accelerate the future of broadband” might sound, that did not stop it from being funded in fact the funding is part of a wider infrastructure investment plan that has just been published. Meaning it is set in stone and set to go.

The cost standing gallantly at around £500 million, being backed technically by the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline that executes a variety of project types from simple upgrades to roads and city-wide structures to major infrastructure. The Thames Tideway Tunnel for example is a major infrastructure.

Coming from David Gauke who is the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he shed light on the project and had this to say; “This record infrastructure pipeline is set to make a real difference to people’s lives from quicker and easier journeys, to better broadband access, and building more homes for people who need them in high demand areas.”

A new survey from ISPreview found that about 78.2 per cent of the readers on its platform have a positive stand to the government investing in rolling out ultrafast broadband in the more rural areas. This obviously shows that the people know that the broadband speed in the cities is a different story to the speed in rural areas no doubt.

This particular information-wielding audience-a quarter of them- said at least £15 million of public money should be used to rollout of ultrafast broadband in the rurals. On the other hand a well-meaning but quite pessimistic group said just £5 billion should be used for this purpose.

Now to bring this data together half of those polled indicated that a broadband connection must be able to reach speeds of 1Gbps if it would be termed “successful”. A quarter of this polled population indicated ultrafast speeds must be at clocking at, at least 300Mbps, the other half if the polled population made it clear that speed must be 100Mbps or more.


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