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January 30, 2009

As expected government promises broadband for all


by David Allen

We are going to be able to treat broadband as a basic utility, like electricity and water, as everyone in the UK will have the right to have access to it.

This won’t happen overnight though, as the government’s target has been set at 2012.

This right of people to have broadband access has come about from the changing of the universal service obligation (USO).

This has been around since the early days of the post. It was then extended to include the telephone and now it seems the baton of service is going to go to broadband.

Yet while making broadband for all a priority is ok, putting it into practice is another matter.

In the UK, there are around fifteen million adults without a computer or internet access, and clearly for some this is through choice.

Providing broadband for all is going to take time and, more importantly, a lot of investment.

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