Broadband is crucial 21st century public infrastructure - just like roads, railways, water and energy networks. Just as we developed water networks in the 19th century and the NHS in the 20th century, quick access to the internet is something we all need today.
Right now only 8% per cent of UK premises have full-fibre connections. Only 47% of low income households use broadband internet at home. That means teenagers struggling to do their homework. It means older people feeling isolated and alone. It means rural start ups struggling to get off the ground.
Since privatisation in 1984 BT has paid out some £54bn in dividends (in today's values). That's enough to pay capital costs for a nationwide fibre network *twice over*.
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