Digital Disruption

Bridging the digital divide

Bridging the digital divide

The tough task of rolling out universal superfast broadband 

Many people now bracket broadband with electricity and running water as something they take for granted – or even expect as a right. But the coverage and quality of broadband services still varies enormously, leaving rural communities in particular on the wrong side of a “digital divide”. The imperative of bridging this divide is rising up the political agenda, but there is no cheap, easy solution. Governments and regulators may have to make a number of tricky trade-offs if connecting to high-speed broadband is going to be as simple as turning on a light for every household in the country.

Bridging the Digital Divide