Friday, 23 June 2017

Did the UK government tacitly admit BDUK's shortcomings?

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 27 November 15

Chancellor pays lip service to altnets by pledging to think about maybe setting up a new broadband fund.

On the face of it, Wednesday's Autumn Statement – the U.K. government's annual fiscal update – had nothing much to offer the telecoms industry beyond the usual guff that broadband is important and we need more of it so the economy can thrive. Give it a second read though, and the Autumn Statement's snippet on broadband appears to be a tacit admission that the government's strategy for extending broadband coverage to harder-to-reach areas has failed to foster sufficient infrastructure competition. "Competition between broadband providers supports the delivery of the fast and reliable broadband a modern…

On the face of it, Wednesday's Autumn Statement – the U.K. government's annual fiscal update – had nothing much to offer the telecoms industry beyond the usual guff that broadband is important and we need more of it so the economy can thrive. Give it a second read though, and the Autumn Statement's snippet on broadband appears to be a tacit admission that the government's strategy for extending broadband coverage to harder-to-reach areas has failed to foster sufficient infrastructure competition. "Competition between broadband providers supports the delivery of the fast and reliable broadband a modern…

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