Labour would step up broadband investment, says Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn has said that Labour would improve investment into broadband should it get into power.


Jeremy Corbyn has said that Labour would improve investment into broadband should it get into power.

The Labour leader stated in a speech to the British Chambers of Commerce that the UK desperately needed an improved broadband infrastructure.

Mr. Corbyn went on to note that the UK is only ranked 13th by the Centre of Economics and Business when it comes to broadband.

This, Corbyn claims, means that Britain’s broadband network is behind every G7 country apart from Canada.

The Labour leader said that he would spend at least 3.5% of the nation’s GDP on broadband improvements if the party wins the next general election.

He also pointed out the importance of rural areas, saying the state should do more to help rural communities.

“Chile, Estonia and Iceland all have a higher percentage of premises connected to fibre-optic broadband.”

"The evidence is clear that only the public sector and public investment can guarantee the super-fast broadband network in every part of Britain and the essential low-cost connections people and businesses need in a 21st century economy."

The current government do have plans to improve the fibre-optic structure of the UK’s broadband, with its Broadband Delivery UK scheme rolling out broadband across the country.

Millions have also been invested in the Super Connected Cities program, attempting to bring 24Mbps to 95% of businesses and properties.

However, Jeremy Corbyn claims that this is not enough as it lets down properties that are away from larger cities.

Source: Computer Business Review

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