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Strike Up the Broadband

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 13 December 2012

The government's aim is clear: by 2015, it wants Britain to have the best superfast broadband network in Europe. The internet is so essential to businesses, the argument goes, that the network over which internet traffic travels is becoming a vital part of the UK's infrastructure - as important as energy and roads.
Right now, though, the country is a long way off from the target. Nowhere is this more apparent than in rural and remote areas of the country. In Norfolk, some small businesses are struggling just to get connected, much less plug into the high-speed network the government has pledged to help expand.
A decade ago, internet access was a luxury for many small firms, but today it's essential. Orders are placed and received online, a website is a key marketing tool for all sorts of companies, and businesses must now file VAT returns via a website.
This week on In Business, Peter Day evaluates the government's plans for broadband and finds out how close the UK is coming to a high-speed future online.

Producer: Mike Wendling.

  • Contributors to this programme

    Paul Bowness

    Owner, Lucy’s Tea Rooms, Burham Market, Norfolk

     

    Karen O’Kane

    Programme manager, Better Broadband for Norfolk

     

    David Cleevely

    Founder of the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge University

     

    Toby Parkins

    Founder, Headforwards, St Agnes, Cornwall

     

    Ed Vaizey MP

    Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

     

    Liv Garfield

    Chief executive, BT Openreach

     

    Mark Heraghty

    Managing director, Virgin Media Business

     

    Robert George

    Project manager, WiSpire

     

    David Broom

    Director of operations, Diocese of Norwich

     

    Andrew Lawrence

    Owner, Lawrence’s Garages, Norfolk

     

    Lord Inglewood

    Chairman, Lords Select Committee on Communications

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