Bridging the Digital Divide

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.

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