Business secretary pledges to improve small business broadband

Sajid Javid has announced wide-ranging broadband review as government looks to roll-out superfast broadband across the UK by 2017

Business secretary Sajid Javid has pledged to increase the level of affordable and high quality fibre broadband available to businesses in a wide-ranging review of business broadband.

Announced in his keynote speech to the manufacturers’ organisation EEF annual conference yesterday, the review will assess how best to encourage choice and competition between fibre optic broadband providers to drive prices down while still delivering a quality service.

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The review will be led jointly with the department for culture, media and sport, and intends to “seize the opportunities that digital connectivity presents”.

Broadband is estimated to be worth over £120bn a year to the UK economy, with lack of access frequently cited as a major obstacle to growth by small businesses.

A nationwide roll-out of superfast broadband is currently underway, with plans to cover 95% of the UK by 2017.

Javid commented: “ I want Britain to be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution and to lead the world in innovation.

“Developing new technologies, an extensive digital infrastructure, vibrant competition and consumer choice are all vital for UK businesses and central to the UK being at the forefront of ‘Industry 4.0’.

“That is why today I have announced a wide-ranging review of business broadband in the UK. As a one-nation government I want every business, regardless of size or location to benefit from access to the fast, reliable connectivity they need to thrive.”

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