The funding designed to boost the delivery of fast internet services across the UK was announced by e-commerce minister Douglas Alexander on Monday, who said it would bring benefits to both businesses and consumers.
He added: ‘[This] announcement marks the latest step as government, along with industry, faces the challenge of building broadband Britain.’
But in a recent lecture at the Royal Academy of Engineering, BT chief executive Sir Peter Bonfield, said some parts of the country had population densitities too small to support the provision of broadband services.
This has been disputed in a survey by Communications Management Association which found that out of 2,000 corporate users of telecom services polled more than 70% said they would like to use broadband services, but found their competitiveness was suffering because they did not have access to such technology.
As part of the government plan, regional development agencies and devolved administrations will have access to the funds and have been requested to put forward ‘innovative schemes’ to extend broadband networks.
The money will be distributed to regions that lack broadband facilities. London, which has the most broadband facilities already in place, will receive only Pounds 100,000, with Scotland, Wales the East, the South West and Yorkshire getting the lion’s share of the funds.
Broadband’s ‘always-on technology’ will cut out the traditional waiting time in connecting to the internet, and will speed up internet-related activities at companies in these regions.
The UK currently has one of the smallest percentages of users of broadband services throughout Europe and its service providers are amongst the most expensive.Links
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