With business becoming increasingly digitised, the IPSE believes that we risk leaving people in rural areas with poor connectivity behind if the pace of the roll-out slows.
This response by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) is due to the release of the government’s ‘Evaluation of the Economic Impact and Public Value of the Superfast Broadband Programme’.
This is a report carried out by Ipsos MORI, Simetrica, George Barrett and Dr Pantelis Koutroumpis for DCMS, evaluating the impact of Superfast roll-out on reducing the digital divide, economic impacts, public value and social benefits, as well as a cost benefit analysis.
Jordan Marshall, IPSE Policy Development Manager, commented, “Today’s report shows the Government’s long-overdue investment in regional broadband is starting to bear fruit. However, of the UK’s 4.8 million self-employed workers, twice as many work in rural areas as in urban areas, and too many still don’t have access to a decent broadband connection.