Broadband 'must be the fourth utility'


The Federation of Small Businesses has called on the next government to investment in 'first-rate' broadband to help SMEs to grow. FSB policy chairman Mike Cherry said broadband needs to be treated as the fourth utility. FSB research found that approximately 94% of its 200,000 members say broadband is critical to the growth of their business. The FSB found last year that an estimated 45,000 firms were still using dial-up internet, and many more were struggling with speeds of less than 2 megabits per second. The FSB wants the Government to ensure 10Mbps by 2018, and for speeds of 100Mbps by 2020 to ensure UK SMEs remain competitive in a digital economy.


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