Apparently the UK Tax payer will fund a rural broadband trial
In the UK, like elsewhere, there’s been a great deal of talk about the ‘digital divide’. Data speeds which urban dwellers regard as typical would be a true Godsend to consumers – and more importantly, businesses – in most rural communities. There are, of course, multiple ways of providing Internet connectivity to remote places. Such as satellite. But it seems that the British government has seen the sense in using well established technology from the cellular industry – 4G, as the most sensible way forward. Hence a spokesperson for UK-based MNO [Mobile Network Operator], Vodafone, has just welcomed the UK [HM] Treasury’s decision to fund an innovative rural broadband trial.
Vodafone said, “The UK government’s decision is a real step in the right direction and signals a willingness to be pragmatic when it comes to rural broadband.”
“Wireless 4G is better value for money and is the best technology to help close the digital divide between urban and rural Britain.”
“We welcome the news and look forward to continuing our dialogue with Government about the opportunity 4G can deliver irrespective of where you live.”
GoMo News is, of course, still waiting to hear from Vodafone about the delay over the introduction of its SmartPass mobile wallet scheme in Spain.