Broadband for everyone
The funding is among a number of other planned initiatives the government claim will enable economic growth, prepare for a post-Brexit nation and help support the next generation. According to The Chancellor Sajid Javid, the much-needed funding will provide the latest broadband capabilities to all of the UK, even the most remote 20%. He said:‘this new multi-billion pound investment to deliver gigabit-capable broadband for all the UK and investment in roads and buses will help people to get around and businesses to grow, ensuring no community is left behind.’
Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has commented on social media about the operation saying: ‘we want everyone in the UK to benefit from world-class gigabit connectivity no matter where they live or work’.
Is the ambitious target achievable?
The pledge follows on from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s campaign promise to have full fibre broadband in every household in the country by 2025. This ambitious target is a full eight years earlier than previously set out by Johnson’s predecessor Teresa May, and it doubles the commitment of reaching 10% of the UK’s hardest to reach areas.
At the time of the Prime Minister’s initial pledge there was speculation in the industry that the 2025 target would be impossible to achieve due to current legislations that often delay installation. If any such changes take place, it could be years before they are made into law – another delay for the government’s already tight deadline.
What’s more, some critics believe moving the deadline forward by such a significant amount of time will make the whole process a lot more expensive, meaning the £5 billion promised will not be enough. There is also some uncertainty about what The Chancellor means by ‘gigabit capable’ broadband and that full fibre isn’t always the most sensible option. Instead, it’s thought the government should be looking into alternatives such as 5G and low-orbit satellites as they provide much the same broadband speed at a fraction of the effort it takes to physically install fibre optic cables.
Ultimately, time will only tell if the government is able to make good on this pledge.
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