Maria Miller aiming to make UK one of the best countries for broadband
Many people will remember the bold claim by Jeremy Hunt to make the UK the best major European country with regard to broadband, which while many scoffed at the time is very close to reality once you score the claim on a wide range of metrics.
Jump forward 18 months and we have Maria Miller MP making an even bolder claim.
"Superfast broadband will benefit everyone whether they need it at work or to do to homework or simply to download music or films, thousands of homes and businesses now have access and it's helping people with everyday tasks. We want to make sure that Britain is one of the best countries in the world for broadband and with this extra £250m that we are investing we will help ensure communities around the UK aren't left behind in a digital slow lane."Transcript of Maria Miller MP, Audioboo fragment on UK Broadband Investment
To be at the top of the league tables for broadband across the globe is a tall order, but it is possible if the current BDUK projects deliver on their promises and the extra investment pushes deep into the rural heartlands.
We hope that the boss of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport was referring to areas with superfast broadband via the BDUK projects with the comment 'thousands of homes and businesses now have access', as the UK has almost six million homes and small businesses on a superfast broadband connection, with it available as an option to many millions more.