As we become ever more dependent on computers and the internet, let’s not under-estimate the need for fast, reliable internet connections.
Whether it is browsing the web, watching a movie through your computer or attempting to hold a key business meeting through a video link, a fast and secure link that won’t crash is absolutely vital.
The pace of technological change can only quicken, and thus the people living and working in our district need superfast broadband, and that is what almost all of us are finally going to get thanks to Harborough District Council and its partners.
The commitment of £530,000 towards the project from the district council may seem like a lot of money, but it is peanuts when compared to the long-term economic benefits it could help lever into the area.
Superfast broadband coverage will rise from around 56 per cent of the population to just over 90 per cent.
That is impressive, and much-needed.
Faster speeds will mean fewer problems for private users who have become frustrated with the speed of downloads in some areas of the district.
And, more importantly, it makes us more attractive to some of the burgeoning web-based businesses looking to make somewhere their home.
You probably won’t see a better example of public money being well-spent this year.
Column by Neil Pickford.
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