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'Joined-up thinking' needed on fibre optic broadband

Thursday, December 31st 2009 by Cable.co.uk

A lack of "joined-up thinking" is impacting upon the UK's efforts to introduce widespread fibre optic broadband services, an expert has claimed.

The government has been urged to embrace "joined-up thinking" in its efforts to introduce widespread fibre optic broadband services across the UK.

Ed Dawson, editor of broadband.co.uk, has claimed that ministers need to follow the example of other countries, as at present it appears they are not taking the issue seriously.

He explained: "Lip service is being given to it at the moment but there is no serious desire from government to sort it out. That is where the serious issue lies.

"Perhaps that might change in the next year or so, but who knows?"

Mr Dawson added that no political parties tend to have "any decent policies" on the issue, which means the UK could get left behind.

Recent research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development recently placed the UK 21st out of 30 in terms of broadband speed.

The UK was also ranked 13th out of 30 in relation to broadband penetration.

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