It has been a subject of much debate in recent months here in the UK whether we should opt for improved broadband infrastructure across the country, or should we extend the reach of the current limits to the more rural, inaccessible areas where people literally do have to go without out. But should these people have to choose between their home or their Internet? After all, internet access is a basic human right these days – well at least in Finland it is!
Well, ISPreview.co.uk’s latest survey has revealed that 62% of the 453 responses support the prospect of a roll-out of faster broadband speeds to rural areas first in an outside-in approach rather than flooding the inner city areas with all the quality goods. However, from a marketing perspective, the tiny population that occupy the rural areas make it barely worthwhile for providers and investors to bother.
However, the view of the public will differ greatly and when asked which they thought was more important, a basic 2mbps connection to absolutely everybody, or a superfast fire optic connection, 44% voted in favour of the faster broadband approach and only 20% for the 2mbps. The rest voted for both, the optimal approach, which incidentally is exactly what the new government intend to do in spite of the enormous budget deficit we will probably never hear the end of.
“Most people clearly recognise the importance of using public money to help connect rural areas with the wider revolution in superfast broadband Internet services,” commented ISPreview.co.uk’s Founder, Mark Jackson. “The benefits of delivering a modern broadband infrastructure to rural areas, many of which struggle with slow speeds (0.5-1Mbps) or have no Internet connectivity whatsoever, are often overlooked. Deploying superfast services would help them to keep pace with the modern world, improve communications, bring vital new services and offer local businesses a powerful platform for revolutionising local trade.”
“Heavily populated urban areas will simply not require the same level of public funding and are more likely to benefit from private investment. Strong examples of this already exist, such as Virgin Media’s plan to cover half of the country with its new 100Mbps service by the end of next year and BT’s aim to reach 66 Per Cent of the population with 40-100Mbps services by 2015,” concluded Jackson.
I wonder how this ties in with the Tories’ pre-election “promise” for 100Mbps fibre optic broadband, does anyone think we’ll be seeing it done to that extent, especially given the scale of the money-saving cuts that are sweeping across the country?
So in turn, we would like to pose the question to you, the reader. Would you rather superfast broadband for the few, or seemingly increasingly slow broadband for all, especially as download speeds already vary greatly depending on the time of day it is. Obviously your location and social standing will affect your opinion, so leave any opinions on the matter in the comments section below and we could spark an interesting debate here.
Via – ISPReview.co.uk