Delivering super-fast broadband in the UK - Interactive Executive Summary

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How far super-fast broadband may add to both wider social and economic value also remains uncertain at the moment, though evidence on will emerge over time. If there are substantial benefits from widespread availability of new access networks, and the private sector will not deliver this availability, there will be a case for an enhanced role for the public sector.


Elliott Roper on 23 September 2008 at 11:12am

This is the paragraph I wanted to see. There are massive economic externalities to a national broadband build out. e.g. transport, productivity, housing, education.. Neither the consumer nor the supplier will want to invest initially without direct returns. Passive facilities are similar to the road infrastructure. The country will not function without roads. FTTC is a bare minimum. As an admin for a community wireless mesh network, I'd be happy enough to pave the last mile with 802.11n to a potential 1000 houses if only someone would give me an uncontended symmetric redundant gigabit.
So we need a pile of government money to pull fibre through the sewers, for BT are only offering FTTE (8km away) by 2012. Which is pathetically inadequate.

John Kirkwood on 23 September 2008 at 5:43pm

If this was a route to avoid some of the dangerous and unwanted commercial proactices - behavioral advertising etc. - currently proposed for the internet, I would be delighted.

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