Broadband and the cuts

Broadband is reported today as having ‘survived the cuts‘.

Except that it hasn’t, of course. True, Bullingdon George outlined plans for £530m to encourage fibre investment in rural areas yesterday – albeit that £300m is pre-committed as part of the BBC licence fee, and which the Tories had said would be extended into the next licence fee period (and also now dictated settled), but the remaining element of which appears to be new money.

But in the face of the scale of the investment required to deliver next generation broadband rights across the country (about which I blogged below), and the need for the engaged involvement of the public sector if that is to happen outside the most profitable areas, let’s not kid ourselves that this is anything but a cut.

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