The Somerset Guardian, 19th June 2019
Boris Johnson, the front-runner for the Conservative leadership elections, has recently outlined his proposals for super-fast broadband if he were chosen to replace Theresa May.
Writing in the Telegraph, Boris said it was "a disgrace that this country should suffer from a deep digital divide, so that many rural areas and towns are simply left behind" and promised that his government could deliver "full fibre for all by 2025" which would be eight years quicker than the Government's current "laughably unambitious" plans.
I agree with Boris and have, in the past, written to the Government about the unfairness of the situation. Many rural areas have been disadvantaged by the lack of decent broadband causing an unequal playing field, crucially in the business sector. As Boris correctly pointed out the guarantee of every home in Britain having access to super-fast broadband sooner is one step to bridging the gap, part of his “moral mission to unite Brexit Britain.”
Broadband connects the local economy to the global one so it is imperative that, if we are to compete optimally, this facility can be accessed by everyone in the United Kingdom. There are also many advantages to ensuring that this infrastructure is established: with super-fast broadband there is less travel translating to environmental and cost benefits; the continued success of London and the south east can be spread to the rest of the country; rural areas, including the farming community, that have previously been left behind will prosper. This is an enterprising policy but an achievable one that is vital to sealing our post-Brexit success.