13th October 2022
MJ Article: Turbo-charging our digital economy through inclusion, Alison McKenzie-Folan
“As the nation continues to feel the pinch, the Government’s answer to our economic problems is clear: go for growth.
While that may be the Government’s principal focus, digital inclusion must also be at the heart of all our efforts to ensure opportunities and benefits are felt at every level of society.
The Levelling Up White Paper recognises the fundamental value of digital connectivity, embedding as one of the 12 missions the goal that the UK will have nationwide gigabit-capable broadband and 4G coverage, with 5G coverage for the majority of the population, by 2030. While that is an admirable goal, it is critical that we advocate for the broadest interpretation of ‘the majority of the population’ to avoid repeating the legacy of mobile ‘not-spots’. We must ensure that all areas and regions within the UK can benefit from a minimum standard of digital connectivity, to remove barriers to business investment in historically disconnected areas, and increase digital skills development opportunities for both children and adults…”
Click here to read the full article by Alison McKenzie-Folan, Solace policy spokesperson for Digital Leadership, on the MJ.