Speedy internet infrastructure: contrasting views

Published on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:03
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

When it comes to whether rural locations aught to get prioritised on getting the infrastructure put in place for speedy internet access, a pair of contrasting views exist, it seems.

That's according to technology industry consultant Steve Nimmons, who was asked about the issue in a recent interview.

One view, he calls "the social inclusion argument" and states the need for equitability. He said that this is a stance he aligns himself with. Another he terms "the more hard-nosed commercial view".

"Obviously the service providers and the network providers are going to look for the maximisation of uptake as it's expensive to install - you've got to consider return on interments and focus on shareholder value and profit," he said.

He called for balance, saying that things aught to work akin to the manner they have for digital television.

Something like coverage of 99 per cent of the United Kingdom is required, with focusing on certain remote places "interesting" too, he said.

"I think the principle must be that we need equity and we need uptake - similarly in the way that digital television was rolled out," Mr Nimmons added.

Of course some people in career development will live in the countryside, and may need broadband to do their jobs from home.

Broadband-expert.co.uk's Richard Patterson recently said that satellite broadband would be opted for by those who can't receive broadband internet because of where they live, or those living rurally who receive a poor connection.

Source: ©CMI

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