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September 4, 2008

Excluded areas to leapfrog in broadband upgrades


by David Allen

It is a controversial idea that the Ofcom Advisory Group has come up with, where those regions that have either slow, or no broadband access, should be the first in the queue to get the next generation of broadband access.

The panel concedes that this practice would be the less preferred route for the internet service providers to take, as clearly it is going to be expensive and, because of the numbers of customers, less profitable.

However, when the next generation broadband is rolled out the so called digital divide is going widen even further, rather than getting narrower.

With over a third of the UK public without internet access and nearly ten per cent of the population still on dial up, clearly there is a lot of work to be done. Whether this is right way of going about it is another matter.

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