Universal benefit?

By Henry Overman | 09 April 2015

It’s been impossible to avoid the recent headlines about the state of broadband in the UK – including claims that ‘economic powerhouse’ London has some of the worst speeds and connectivity in the nation.

While it appears these stories may simply reflect specific pockets of the capital experiencing disproportionately poor service, the controversy generated by recent reports (from both the public and private sector) on broadband provision indicates just how important this issue is to people’s daily lives.

The chancellor reflected this interest in his final Budget before the election, committing to ‘a national ambition to bring ultrafast broadband…to nearly all homes in the country’ by 2017. This comes on the back of research commissioned by DCMS projects, which claimed that fast broadband could add an incredible £17bn to the UK’s annual GVA by 2024.

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