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100% Broadband Coverage By 2005?
By: MarkJ - 13 November, 2003 (1:16 PM)

Following Tuesdays broadband inquiry, the governments minister for e-Commerce, Stephen Timms, has now called on public bodies and broadband resellers to meet a 2005 deadline for 100% coverage:

"To ensure the competitiveness of our economy, broadband needs to be available to as many people as possible, as soon as possible," said Timms.

He highlighted that the country has already made good progress, with broadband now available to 80% of households, and almost certain to rise to 90% next year.

"Today I am calling for us to take the next major step and deliver broadband availability to every community by the end of 2005 - this is a challenging target but one which can be attained."

While it might be possible to hit 90% coverage, expanding that to every single person in the country, regardless of location, would appear to be an unrealistically tall order.

Expanding government funded schemes may help, yet total coverage is something else entirely. More @ netimperative.com .

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