EEF has responded to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills Review of Business Broadband
- When it comes to digital infrastructure, for manufacturers the primary focus is on cost-effective, future-proofed and more reliable and resilient networks than at present. Excellent work has been done to increase bandwidth capacity in the UK, but while this need for speed was an important early priority, manufacturers believe there should be a stocktake on broadband policy objectives to ensure the UK doesn’t fall behind competitors in the equally important area of reliability.
- Ofcom’s remedies need a much clearer framework from government on objectives and milestones to ensure reliability is seen as being just as important as speed. As they have done with setting out a new Universal Service Obligation, government must be prepared to take leadership in mandating a full Fibre to the Premise rollout before it’s too late. Including investigating whether or not we need a ‘Network Rail’ for digital infrastructure to deliver the requirements of a modern economy.