Next-generation broadband doubters speak

The BBC News Online site has managed to gain some interesting comments from those that doubt the need for a next generation broadband network in the UK:

Both regulator Ofcom and BT have expressed doubts about whether the time is ripe for rolling out what would be expensive fibre optic networks.

"We need significant evidence that such a network is required and I don't think it exists yet," said Peter Philips, Ofcom's head of strategy.

"The question is how to make money and I'm not sure the answer is good," said Justin Paul, a development manager at telecoms equipment firm Alcatel-Lucent.

BSG chief executive Antony Walker said it was not yet time to panic. "There is lots of competition and innovation in the broadband market and [it is not clear that] current bandwidth is a problem. We don't need to make any rash moves but the time is ripe for some collective thinking," he said.

It’s nothing we haven’t heard before over the past couple of weeks and will no doubt hear again over the next 12 months.

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