Having decent access to the internet has become nearly as essential to daily life as having an efficient heating system or constant water supply. Obviously, the latter have an impact on our actual capacity to survive but when it comes to leading a healthy existence as responsible and free thinking people, the internet provides a fundamental service too. So many things are made more difficult if you are not online: from checking your bank balance and paying bills, to the more pleasurable social matters of keeping in touch with friends and family. This is why it is quite scandalous that, prior to the launch of community broadband projects concerned with improving ICT infrastructure, whole swathes of the nation were being deprived of technological wealth that should have been available to all from the start. It is little surprise that the areas worst affected were the regions: rural Britain is used by now to being low down on the list of priorities in comparison with London and other large cities. Happily though, the companies behind next generation access initiatives are making sure that broadband services are becoming more evenly distributed. Finally, we can look forward to a Britain that is both linked up internally as well as a Britain allowing its inhabitants to reach out to resources worldwide.

The lessening of the gap between those able to obtain a speedy internet service and those who cannot is especially fundamental in our present climate of austerity. While permanent contracts in established enterprises are proving difficult to secure for the young and mature alike, there is an ever growing possibility for individuals and small groups of people to be proactive and launch projects on their own initiative online. With the appropriate skills, a small idea can grow into something great once it has secured an online presence and appropriate audience. This is because the world wide web functions in a cross-border way: ideas, products and information are disseminated in a totally different way here than do documents and other physical entities reliant upon national and international postal systems or fax.

So, if you suppose that the area you inhabit is still being ill served in terms of internet provision, it is worthwhile telephoning your local authority to ask when you can expect a positive improvement. ICT infrastructure does take time to ameliorate but increased pressure will increase the speed with which next generation access is delivered. It’s time to fight for your community’s access to community broadband.

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