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14/11/02
Blair in Broadband Push
- Increased take-up on the table at internet meeting

TONY BLAIR is to give another boost to broadband internet access in the UK by announcing plans to have every school and doctor's surgery hooked up within a few years.

Britain and its leading telecommunications company, British Telecom, has come under fire from some sections of the business and internet communities for lagging behind both the US and the rest of Europe in broadband uptake.

That has started to change in the last year as the price of adopting broadband has fallen, but the Prime Minister is keen to push on. To that end he has scheduled a meeting for today with other ministers and leading industry figures to plan a timetable for increased broadband take-up.

As well as the promise for schools and doctors, Blair is expected to try to persuade BT to roll out broadband to more than the two-thirds of the country that can currently buy it, perhaps to as much as 90 per cent within two years.




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