The IET welcomes the Government’s commitment to a fast and reliable broadband infrastructure

Chris Cartwright, Chair of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Digital Panel, commented:

“A national commitment to a fast and reliable broadband infrastructure for all is positive news, particularly that ‘good progress towards this target, with around 1 in 3 UK premises now able to access a gigabit-capable connection*’ is being cited in parliament. It’s also welcomed that the Government will be investing £5 billion through the UK Gigabit Programme. 

“With a majority of UK workers now working from home and most school-learning taking place at home, high capacity broadband is becoming essential.

“However, it would be useful for the Government to provide a timeline as to when every house in the UK should expect high capacity broadband. We would also like to see a commitment that investment is focused on supporting the greatest in need.

“The IET will continue to engage with Government about the rollout, broadband speed and capacity and the need for a targeted, needs-based approach. We are working with other institutions to examine future technological and economical needs and the impact this will have on both the 5G and 6G digital infrastructure.”

To access further insight on the IET’s work in developing the UK’s digital future, visit: www.theiet.org/impact-society/sectors/digital 

* according to the latest figures from Ofcom and ThinkBroadband’