British Broadband Crisis
It was made very clear within the past year that Britain’s broadband speeds trailed behind other – some even less developed – countries’ – However, it was reiterated by our main suppliers and the government that this would be set to change, significantly for the better. Their intention and passionate claims eased our worries and alleged our concerns.
The allocation of funding set aside for Britain’s broadband troubles were labelled to be depressing by experts, but as most of us simply have no great way of understanding how much was needed to restore Britain to the top of the broadband speed chart, we blindly followed the Chancellor, placing our faith in his judgement.
We also knew of the problems with broadband speeds in rural areas; yet, programmes led by BT assured us that such issues were being dealt with.
Slowly however, we come to realise that this isn’t the case. That even while countries such as France currently boast faster speeds, they’re still doing more than us to up their broadband; that the ever necessary move from copper cables to fibre-optic connections are not being considered by our main supplier (BT) or the government – despite numerous countries around the world recognising its power; and that, most worryingly, internet providers and the government lack the incentive to work together and fix this terrible issue. In fact, I refuse to take heed of any British broadband offers that aren’t based on fibre-optic connections (Virgin it is then!).
A fast broadband is crucial for businesses and subsequently our economy, education, simple day to day activities and crucial entertainment purposes. On top of all this, the necessity of superfast broadband will increase over the coming years as household appliances will be connected to the internet. This means that almost everything we do will rely on the internet and with our country currently lacking behind Estonia and Turkey in regards to broadband speeds, something must change – quickly!
The nationwide implementation of fibre-optic cable telecommunications facilities will need major financial backing and lots of challenging work. However, it isn’t beyond our capability.
The problem is a crisis and the sooner we start treating it like one, the better.
Michael Davies is a British freelance writer