Calls for Government to Shift Focus From Broadband Download

The Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) has urged the government to consider other important factors affecting broadband manufacturers.

In their official response to the government’s ongoing review of business broadband, the EEF claimed that the overriding focus on download speed was detracting from other considerations, which equally impact upon manufacturers’ processes.

This overshadowing is causing policy-makers to neglect making crucial changes to broadband in the UK.

According to the Federation other issues that affect service quality, including cost, reliability, resilience and future security, have not received enough consideration.

Broadband download speed does remain a priority for manufacturers; in a recent study, the EEF reported that 91% of members placed speed as equally important to any other broadband issue.

The EEF’s concern lies rather in the fact that some cases may be impact by alternative factors, which are overshadowed by this focus on speed.

Chris Richards, senior business environment policy advisor at the EEF, said: “Britain has clearly benefitted from the move to faster broadband, which has transformed our economy. But there’s still much more to be done.

“The legacy of focusing on speed has served its purpose and it’s now time to do a stocktake on what we need going forward. For manufacturers this is clear – we need a more reliable, resilient and future-proofed network to match the fundamental importance digital infrastructure plays in our modern economy.”

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