Yes, yes, splurge that tax money all over the countryside as if I, El Gordo, were John Holmes pleasuring my harem!
But I am clear that this transformation must benefit us all, business and consumers alike, in every part of the country. Digital Britain cannot be a two-tier Britain – with those who can take full advantage of being online and those who can\’t.
Do stop being such a fool, please. Fast broadband has technological limitations. These limits are connected with simple geography. You can\’t have an ASDL further than a certain distance from an exchange. Yes, that distance is increasing, but it\’s still a physical world limitation. You can\’t have a mobile connection further than a certain distance from a tower. Yes, that distance is increasing but it\’s still a physical world limitation.
This promise that all shall have high speed broadband simply isn\’t realisable….except at huge and grossly disproportionate cost.
Just like we do not have perfect TV reception all over the country (yes, there are still black spots), we do not have perfect mobile telephone connections all over the country (ditto) and I\’m willing to wager that here are hill farms out there which are still not connected to mains water or sewerage.
Geography is an inescapable part of economic life. Just as with the provision of libraries, swimming pools and restaurants, it just doesn\’t make sense to spend ghastly fortunes on making a specific service available absolutely everywhere.