More debate called for on the future of broadband
A newspaper editorial has called for more debate on the future of broadband and for the issue to be taken as seriously as infrastructure matters such as energy, transport and housing.
A recent Observer editorial argued that the future of broadband is a “pale shadow” of other issues in terms of the level of discussion, despite it being crucial to our economy. The article states, “We already do more of our business online than any other G20 country. We already register this particular version of the future; a future of change and possibility, a future that starts with us and our cast of mind, not in the narrowband corridors of Whitehall or Westminster. So, where is the nuanced debate on our broadband future?”
The writer notes that there is a certain amount of debate about issues such as whether we are investing enough in high-tech solutions and doing enough to keep up with other nations. However, he believes the debate needs to be much broader, taking in discussions about issues such as values and societal impact.
He also feels that we need to talk more about the downsides of our always-on, digitally connected culture, such as online scams, trolls and inactive lifestyles.
The writer concludes that this ,”isn't just a debate about profits, losses and international league tables. It's a debate about the future of our society, about how we connect with each other in a world where change comes fresh and unknowable every year.”
He adds, "Let's at least begin to discuss where we're going, in values and time spent as well as bottom lines, rather than just hitching a hi-tech ride.”