Don’t forget about business Opal urges Brown

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Paul Lawton, Managing Director of Opal, Telecom says, “Gordon Browns pledge to give every home in the UK access to superfast broadband, which is by definition, a minimum of 2Mbps, is an important moment for the industry. However, if we are to maximise the real value of the next generation fund, it’s crucial that we don’t disregard businesses.

For small home based businesses in particular the move will open up huge opportunities as they will be able to piggy-back on the new infrastructure to provide services and applications they previously didn’t have the bandwidth to support. We would urge the government to consider specific guidelines for business as they rely on superfast broadband to carry out effective and efficient business processes and remain competitive, more important than ever coming out of a recession.”