Charlie Brooks insists that everyone not living in the country must pay for those who do.
High-speed broadband will soon be as basic a requirement for rural Britain as decent roads. There can be no better use of public money than investing in this infrastructure, and in the process helping to save the countryside for us all.
Yes, you who\’ve got a view of the gas works must stump up the billions necessary for those with a view of undisturbed moorland to have broadband. On the basis that as you\’ve a six lane motorway outside your door, so should they.
There is no country in the world where the infrastructure needed to cover non-urban areas has been rolled out without significant funding from central government. Singapore is rightly held up as a shining light – but its government threw £10 billion at the problem, or £2,000 per head of population.
Not the most apt of examples. Singapore is, after all, a city state. They don\’t actually have rural areas.