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Build new digital networks—then get people using them

The prime minister has pledged full gigabit coverage by 2025. That is only achievable with fresh thinking and sustained investment

By Julian Knight   October 2020

Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images

There are few things that can’t be done digitally in 2020. Our increasing reliance on digital technology is borne out by data: during lockdown, people spent record amounts of time online, and Ofcom found that the number of adults making video calls doubled. Digital platforms have transformed the way we’re able to live and work, now providing a one-stop shop even for remotely accessing physical and cultural activities.

Such rapid advancements must be underpinned by world-class connectivity, and infrastructure that reaches…

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