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Britain to become world’s ‘digital capital’

Britain to become world’s ‘digital capital’

Category: Broadband

Updated: 17/06/2009
First Published: 17/06/2009

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The Government plans to revolutionise broadband in the UK, making it quicker and more readily available.

The Digital Britain report outlines plans to improve the current infrastructure, increasing digital participation by business and consumers alike by ensuring universal access to broadband.

Better protection will also be afforded to creative industries, with emphasis given to cutting down the amount of illegal downloading and file sharing.

The plans have been put in place with the aim of making the UK the digital capital of the world. Speaking at the launch of the report, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the plans would give the UK the necessary tools to flourish in the future economy.

"Every business will have access to fast broadband and the report makes it possible for this to happen in the quickest time. Britain will be the broadband capital, Britain will make the investment that is necessary and every citizen in Britain will benefit from fast connections," he said.

Should the aims of the report be met, broadband with speeds of 2MB/s (megabit per second) will be accessible to all by 2012.

Fifteen per cent of the UK's population are currently unable to access this speed or higher and the roll out will ensure rural populations will be able to enjoy high speed broadband.

Currently, the UK is lags behind much of Europe where high speed broadband is readily available. The average speed UK consumers currently receive is 4.2MB/s, despite the standard advertised speed of 8MB/s.

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