Next generation access for today’s generation of web users

Once upon a time, power cuts, spent light bulbs and fused electrical goods were enough to leave us feeling bothered and lacking, as though refused an essential resource. Of course, these are things we take for granted; they help us immeasurably in the running of our daily lives and have been around for the duration of most of our living memories. More recent, however, is our tendency to lean on a twenty-four hour, unfailing and quick connection to the internet. So large a number of us have grown used to turning to computer screens to uncover endless amounts of useful, or indeed useless information – from train times to movie trivia – that when connections fail we really feel at a loss. In spite of all this, it would be an error to think that everyone has been integrated in the web-based revolution here described: ict infrastructure and community broadband projects, for example, have only recently helped rural communities feel the benefits of the age of information. A number of households, research centres and even business parks have been left behind in the wake of rapid technological change. But, thanks to next generation access, those first of all excluded now look to be catching up.

It is an imperative now that business parks and other enterprises have access to the best internet connections available. For households it is certainly annoying when family members, friends and acquaintances can’t be contacted through social networks, Skype or email, but for businesses a lack of communication can often entail a loss of customers because those who seek their services deem a disconnected enterprise an anachronistic and unassertive one. Luckily, then, ICT infrastructure improvement services have somewhat come to the rescue of such parks and labs; the likes of Nottingham’s BioCity and the science park belonging to the University of Southampton have been able to deliver enhanced services as a consequence of the great work done by broadband improvement companies that additionally offer next generation access and community broadband.

Indeed, the local and international bonds of those residing in rural areas have been fostered and strengthened by community broadband projects and next generation access. Altogether, ICT infrastructure innovations represent highly progressive moves to bridge Britain’s North-South divide as well as the distance between the UK as a whole and the rest of the world.

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