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A fastconnection for all: it’s the law. Or will be soon, if the UK government’s pledge to give every household the legal right to a fast broadband connection becomes a reality.
The backdrop is a nation that has yet to fully understand the social and economic potential of the web. And worryingly, it has somehow lost sight of the internet’s original promise – to empower individuals and increase engagement at a universal level.
Will this proposed right really affect our ability to afford an internet connection or the equipment to use it, and the digital skills to make the most of it? In other words, will it create a society where everyone can benefit from the internet? The devil may be in the detail of the forthcoming.
With, this is a crucial question. We are living in a divided society.
It’s simply not right that a huge chunk of the population — often those who could most benefit from the internet — are being left behind. Beyond keeping in touch with family and friends, and easing access to online government services, basic digital skills can improve people’s quality of life.
Research tells us that on average,. With financial stress ranked as a primary cause of mental health issues in the UK, if they have more choice in …
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