Broadband – the 4th Utility
Broadband is fast becoming the ‘new utility’, as crucial to our economy, prosperity and life chances as steam was to the first industrial revolution.
Despite this, many rural communities remain on the wrong side of the digital divide, which is damaging to the health and prosperity of local society and to the social, domestic, commercial and recreational enjoyment of almost everyone within it.
If a community does not have a quality broadband service or it is slow, then there is the potential that young families will choose not to live in these areas, which in turn threatens the long-term sustainability of rural communities
Local businesses may be forced to move out of poor broadband areas, and house prices are also directly affected by broadband availability as estate agents are asked by clients what is the quality of broadband in the area they are considering.