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Business broadband access 'a key economic issue'

Tuesday, April 27th 2010
Business broadband access should be delivered across the country as a priority by an incoming government, a forum has concluded.
Business broadband access 'a key economic issue'
Business broadband access has emerged as a key issue for smaller organisations looking to compete with larger competitors, it is believed.

The latest Financial Mail Small Business Panel concluded that delivering nationwide access to broadband and simplifying regulation are seen as major priorities for an incoming government to assist small businesses, reports Vicki Owen of the Mail on Sunday for thisismoney.co.uk.

If the next government does not deliver the appropriate policies, small businesses will be unable to reach their full potential, according to the panel.

Tom Wenham, co-founder of Sportworks, was a guest at the forum and he stressed that broadband services must be a priority area for policymakers.

"A lot of people we might partner with are based rurally. For flexible working to be effective, you need to be connected," he said.

David Lewis, managing director of Rutland Telecom, recently suggested it is economically viable for broadband services to be rolled out in rural areas, adding that there is "pent-up demand" for broadband among members of such communities.

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