The government has revealed its plans to ensure the UK has Europe's best broadband infrastructure by 2015.
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt's initiative, entitled Britain's Superfast Broadband Future, states that £830 million is being set aside for the high-speed internet infrastructure scheme, with £50 million earmarked for testing.
He cited employment as one of the reasons for the new infrastructure and remarked that the plan is to encourage growth, provide an environment in which companies can flourish and reform public services.
"A super-fast network will be the foundation for a new economic dynamism, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and adding billions to our GDP," he said.
Last week, Simon Clarke, writing for the Independent, claimed a speedy internet connection is now as much of an essential as utilities such as a fridge or central heating.
He also stated that providers are rolling out fibre-optic broadband to meet the demand for swift and consistent connectivity.
Posted by Ronnie Gray