Strike Up the Broadband

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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.

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30 minutes

Last on

Sun 16 Dec 2012 21:30

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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