Friday, 14 December 2018

Premature broadband back-slapping in the UK

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 14 August 15

Total Telecom asks, which is better at pulling the connectivity plough, a whippet or a hare?

The U.K. government may think it has earned a back-slapping for connecting 3 million rural properties to broadband via the BDUK programme, but there is still plenty of work left to do. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said this week it is "on track" to cover 95% of premises by 2017, which is laudable, but begs the questions: how do we get to 95%, and what about those left behind? "No one should be patting themselves on the back because an unambitious target is likely to be met in two years' time…

The U.K. government may think it has earned a back-slapping for connecting 3 million rural properties to broadband via the BDUK programme, but there is still plenty of work left to do. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said this week it is "on track" to cover 95% of premises by 2017, which is laudable, but begs the questions: how do we get to 95%, and what about those left behind? "No one should be patting themselves on the back because an unambitious target is likely to be met in two years' time…

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