Super-fast broadband for the whole country is vital to future prosperity
Broadband will soon be seen as indispensable as electricity, gas or water, argues Gordon Brown.
Quite. And yet there are still parts of the country that are not on mains water, not on mains gas and not on mains electricity. for the costs of linking them up to the grid are vastly larger than the possible benefits that will flow from it.
Those who want to live on a Welsh mountain need to drill their own wells, use gas bottles and have a generator: or they pay the costs to the utility of connecting them to the grid.
Wide pipe broadband is indeed highly desirable: and those that want it should, as with other utilities, pay for it.