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British Broadband Needs £1bn More Funding 128

Posted by samzenpus
from the filling-up-the-coffers dept.
judgecorp writes "A report from the London School of Economics says that funding for superfast broadband in Britain faces a £1.1 billion shortfall. It's a government priority, but rural areas are uneconomic to cable up. From the article: 'Britain is in danger of missing out on the economic and social benefits of superfast broadband due to a lack of government funding and e-skills, according to a new report. Research by the London School of Economics (LSE) and Convergys claims a funding gap of £1.1 billion could cause the government to miss its target of having the “best superfast broadband network” in Europe by 2015.'"
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British Broadband Needs £1bn More Funding

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  • wireless (Score:2, Interesting)

    by sdnoob (917382) on Friday May 04, 2012 @05:40AM (#39887929)

    it's a small country.. should be easy enough to set up national fixed wireless service that reaches all but the most remote areas (e.g. areas that'd need multiple towers to reach a handful of households)

  • by travellerjohn (772758) on Friday May 04, 2012 @06:27AM (#39888175) Journal
    Superfast broadband is great, but are there really economic and social benefits?

    Fast broadband makes a difference to entertainment but hardly necessary for employment, communication or accessing public services. Unless the government has plan to put high end tech jobs out in the depths of the Scottish highlands I would have thought that 4 MBps would do just fine. I struggle to see why I should subsidise some farmers access to NetFlix.

    Who commissioned this report again? Any danger of the LSE coming to the conclusions the client wanted?

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