What's the best way to get Britain online?
The government's proposing a 50-pence-a-month levy on landlines to pay for a high speed network in rural areas. The Prime Minister claimed broadband access brought educational, economic and social advantages, and to deny remote areas a fast connection would create a 'digital divide' within Britain. He also announced plans to move services such as job centres and tax offices online, which he said would be cheaper and more efficient.
The Conservatives have also pledged to deliver universal broadband - but they oppose the tax. Instead they say improvements could be funded by forcing BT to open its network to competitors, or if necessary, by diverting money from the BBC licence fee.
Would you be willing to pay for universal broadband? Should the state intervene to ensure rural areas don't miss out? Do you feel your area has missed out due to slower connection speeds? What do you think of proposals to move government services online?