Providing a full broadband service throughout the UK is the responsibility of the industry rather than the government.
This is what the UK’s internet service providers were told by the culture minister at the broadband summit in London.
Jeremy Hunt, like all government ministers, has been handcuffed by the government’s spending freeze and in fact is one of the ministers looking to save cash, rather than spend it.
Therefore, he has told the industry that it is their responsibility to provide high speed broadband to the difficult final third of the country, where in many areas they are still using dial up to access the internet.
There is some money availabl - the cash left over from digital switchover fund - but with BT and Virgin Media currently doubling up on where they are laying fibre cables, it is hardly a surprise that the cost is out of control.