Fixed broadband is only part of solution, says digital minister

The UK’s digital minister has claimed that fixed broadband solutions are only part of what the government hopes to achieve. 

 

The UK’s digital minister has claimed that fixed broadband solutions are only part of what the government hopes to achieve. 

Speaking on his blog, Ed Vaizey MP said that it was important that internet access was “ubiquitous” and that everyone who needed it had access. 

The government is continuing its national broadband rollout into 2016, with 4 million properties estimated to be connected by Spring of this year.

In the long term, the rollout is aiming to cover 95% of the country by the end of 2017, which Vaizey claims it is on track to do. 

Around nine in 10 homes in the UK are now thought to be connected to superfast broadband, despite many in rural areas being neglected.

Vaizey added in the blog that the UK had the potential to be one of the strongest broadband nations in the world. 

“We’ve built a great base — but we need to work hard to make sure we continue to take advantage of the benefits digital transformation has to offer, as an economy and as a society.”

“Other countries are hot on our heels but we want the UK to be synonymous with digital – a place where digital technologies transform day-to-day life, the economy and government.”

In 2017, the government will lay out further plans for the UK’s digital economy, with the aim being to change the landscape completely by 2020.

Despite the high goals set, the government has come under fire for neglecting rural communities in its rollout.

Vaizey has said that the gap will close eventually, and that rural areas now have more and more options available to them. 

Source: Cable

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