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Ofcom Consumer Panel - Everybody Must Have 100Mbps

Posted: 03rd Sep, 2008 By: MarkJ
The independent Ofcom Consumer Panel (OCP) has called on policy-makers to consider allowing those excluded from first generation broadband services to leapfrog straight to next generation access (NGA).

The panel offers a number of solutions to help bring this difficult goal about, which include the creation of a map to help identify such areas and analyse the potential costs and benefits involved:

Anna Bradley, Consumer Panel Chair, said: “We already know that the economic case for next generation access will not stack up in some areas and we can predict which areas that will be. So let’s address these issues alongside commercial roll-out, not after it.”

“If we are imaginative and use a mix of private and public business models, we could provide a way for consumers who are excluded from first generation broadband to leapfrog straight to the next generation.”

“The UK is making some critical decisions about the delivery of next generation broadband in the UK. Consumers and citizens stand to gain a great deal, but the decisions need to be informed by a proper sense of the value next generation networks can deliver, not just to companies and consumers, but to the economy and society as a whole," Anna Bradley said.

Certainly this is an issue that must be tackled, otherwise the digital divide will only widen in a whole new direction. Countering that is the economic realities involved, which would require truly significant investment to achieve the stated goals and BT alone can’t be expected to fund that.

We've certainly seen a good number of existing public-private partnerships involved with current broadband services. It makes sense to start developing these for next-generation products before the rollout begins rather than after. However this can only work with leadership coming from the top and that means government becoming proactive, which is not a word many would associate with politicians.
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