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1027: Broadband

This paper is summarised from a chapter by Hilary Talbot in ‘Rural prospects - A Report on the Future of Rural Development in the UK’ edited by Nicola Thompson and Jane Atterton of the Centre For Rural Economy, University of Newcastle

Year of Publication2010

Government needs to recognise the failure of the market and intervene to address the roll-out of Next Generation Access broadband to rural areas. The public sector will need to find innovative ways of opening up their infrastructure provision to remote areas. For example scant attention is given to the transformational role NGA could play in service delivery which would ensure further connectivity to rural areas. This could then provide a cost-effective opportunity for community or private broadband organisations to supply remote customers at affordable prices.

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